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Biography





Sombrero Verde (Green Hat)



Mana origins date back to a band called Sombrero Verde, whose members José Fernando (Fher) Olvera, voice, Gustavo Orozco, the electric guitar; and the Calleros brothers: Juan Diego, on bass, Ulysses, on electric guitar and Abraham, on drums came from Guadalajara. In 1975 they decided to get together to play different songs from groups they admired, including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Police, among others.

They were originally known as The Spies of the Green Hat, but soon the name was shortened to Green Hat and was eventually adapted into Spanish as Sombrero Verde, as the band wanted to rock in their own language. They were one of the first groups to venture out, composing their own songs even though rock in Spanish was not yet a trend.

In 1981 they released their first album, Sombrero Verde, under the label Ariola, the singles were "Vampiro" (Vampire), "Profesor" (Professor), "Long Time" and "Depiértate" (Wake Up).

In 1983 they released A Tiempo de Rock (On Time for Rock), the album's singles would be "Laura", "Hechos nada más" (Only Facts) and "Me voy al mar" (I’m Going to Sea). The group found little success with this production.

In 1984, Abraham Calleros, the group’s drummer, left the band to continue his musical career in the U.S.. The group decided to put out a newspaper ad seeking a new member. Enter Alex González, a young Cuban-Colombian-born drummer from Miami, who from that moment on would play a key role in the group's history.

Sombrero Verde continued until 1986, when guitarist Gustavo Orozco also decides to leave the group to concentrate on his studies. The group went back to being a quartet. This is when Fher decides to move on from Sombrero Verde and form a new band that would fuse rock, pop and Latin rhythms.

At that time, a movement in Mexico began called "Rock en tu idioma" (Rock in Your Language), a business strategy from some record companies aimed at young people to develop rock in Spanish. The trend, imported from Argentina and Spain, was endorsed by the pioneering work of groups such as Soda Stereo, Enanitos Verdes, Mecano, Nacha Pop, La Unión, Radio Futura, Hombres G and Zas (Miguel Mateos’ Band). As a result, several Mexican bands, made up mainly by young people, were formed with musical influences from American and European groups. Thus arose the movement's leading bands in Mexico: Caifanes, Maldita Vecindad, Café Tacvba, and, among them, Maná, who achieved success not only locally but also internationally.



Maná



In the midst of this rising movement, the band adopted the name that would give them international recognition, "Maná", chosen because of the meaning of the Polynesian word: "positive energy." The lineup was composed of Fher Olvera vocalist, the brothers Juan and Ulises Calleros, on guitar and bass respectively, and Alex González on drums.

In 1987, the group signed to Polygram Records and released Maná, a record that would anchor the movement “Rock en tu idioma” (Rock in Your Language). From this album, the following singles came out: "Robot", "Mentirosa" (Liar), "Mueve tus caderas" (Move Your Hips), and "Queremos paz" (We Want Peace). With this production the group had little success, and it left the members almost entirely unsatisfied. Maná asked for withdrawal from Polygram Records after clashing with the latter to maintain the essence and identity of their group.



  • FHER

    Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica

  • JUAN

    Bass

  • ALEX

    Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Chorus

  • SERGIO

    Guitar, Chorus



Falta Amor (Lack of Love)



With an uncertain future, the group works on new demos and starts looking for a new record label, resulting in getting signed to Warner Music Mexico. After the failure of the first album, Fher and Alex were aware of the risks that came when placed in the hands of a producer who does not understand the concept of the group or its artistic proposal, so they opted for a path and have not diverged from it ever since: they took over the production of all their records.

With that in mind they recorded the album Falta Amor (1989), which didn’t gain success until a year after its release thanks to the single "Rayando el sol” (Breaking Dawn), which becomes the first major success for Maná. The singles “Perdido en un barco” (Lost on a Boat),"Estoy agotado” (I'm Exhausted), and "Buscándola” (Looking for Her) also become fan favorites.

The group performs 112 shows in Mexico and their first important concert outside the borders of their country, at the General Rumiñahui Coliseum in Quito, Ecuador. It was after this show that the group realized the potential they could have abroad.



¿Dónde jugarán los niños? (Where Are the Children Going to Play?)



In 1991, Maná undergoes the first change in its lineup with the departure of Ulises Calleros, who has since become the group’s manager. This resulted in the arrival of two new members: keyboardist Iván González and guitarist César "the Vampire" López. With this new lineup, they record in Los Angeles in 1992 ¿Dónde jugarán los niños?, an album that constitutes an authentic breakthrough in the history of the group and rock in Spanish, remaining 97 weeks on Billboard's list of most records sold in Latin America.

Eight singles from this production topped the charts in every Spanish-speaking country in the New World and have become classics of their repertoire: "Vivir sin aire" (Living Without Air), "¿Dónde jugarán los niños?” (Where will the children play?), "De piez a cabeza” (From Head to Toe), “Como te deseo” (Desiring you)," Oye mi amor " (Hey, my Love),"Cómo diablos” (How on Earth),"Te lloré un río” (I Cried a River For You), and "Me Vale" (I Don’t Care).

The globalization of Maná began in 1993 with a first class promotional tour and a series of 268 concerts in over 17 countries. The tour was a success and positioned the band in the U.S. Latino community and in markets such as Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Argentina.

Argentina and Spain, two territories historically difficult to achieve success in for non-native Latin artists were also won over by the Maná phenomenon thanks to the song "Vivir sin aire" (Living Without Air). This song reached the top spot in the music charts of both countries, which had not happened in 26 years. This record received a MTV Latin Video Music Award for best Video of the Year.

In April 1994, for professional and artistic differences, Iván González and César "the Vampire" López left Maná in mid tour. For a second, the future of the band and their tour was uncertain, but they proved that the group’s formula and its essence remained intact. To finish the tour, they hired Juan Carlos Toribio on back-up keyboards, Gustavo Orozco on guitar, and Sheila Ríos on vocals.



Maná en Vivo (Maná Live)



With its new and well-deserved status in the international scene of Latin Pop Rock, the trio Fher, Alex, and Juan released the album Maná en Vivo (1994). The idea of releasing an album of their concerts emerges as a means to capture the energy and relive every moment, every drop of sweat and adrenaline that encompasses a Maná concert.

The album was recorded between August and September 1994, during the group’s presentations at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the San Diego Sports Arena, the Aragon Theatre in Chicago, the Gran Rex Theatre in Buenos Aires, the Chile Stadium in Santiago, and the Sala Estándar in Barcelona.

Billboard Magazine awarded them yet again with Best Pop Rock Album of the Year.



Cuando los Ángeles Lloran (When Angels Cry)



Anxious to return to their original quartet format, Maná has the third and final change in their lineup. The band auditioned more than 80 guitarists from Mexico, Argentina, Chile and the United States until they found in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the talent they were looking in Sergio Vallín, whose amazing sensibility, technique and versatility gave a new lustrous, sound to the guitars in the band. With this new addition to the band and with demos recorded in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, they record and edit the album Cuando Los Ángeles Lloran (1995) between Los Angeles and the port of Jalisco. This production, released three years after their hit “¿Dónde jugarán los niños?” is characterized by a significant evolution in the band's sound and lyrics. The singles "Déjame entrar" (Let Me In), "No ha parado de llover” (It Hasn’t Stopped Raining), and "Hundido en un rincón” ( Down In a Corner) not only represented a resounding success in radio, but the corresponding videos had a heavy play on music channels and won several awards for their quality.

The album earned them their first American Grammy Award nomination, the most prestigious award in the music industry.

Under the wings of a new album the band started their new tour on May 12, 1995, with a total of 52 concerts in 13 countries, done in a period of less than five months, demonstrating the phenomenon that Maná already was.

During their visit to Spain that same year, the group performed in Plaza Las Ventas with Revólver and La Unión, where the audience greeted the band with open arms. The Cuándo los Ángeles lloran Tour had every show sold out everywhere they set foot on.

Other impressive achievements was the inclusion of Maná in the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Midem Conference, which took place in Switzerland and France, respectively, a feat never before achieved. They also loaned a song to the movie My Family, at the request of prestigious director Francis Ford Coppola.

Maná has always expressed an interest in the problems that the ecology of planet Earth was facing and in September 1995 they created the “Fundación Ecológica Selva Negra” (Selva Negra Ecological Foundation), aiming at creating awareness about the abovementioned issue. (www.selvanegra.org.mx)

In mid-April 1996, the group continued a long-awaited tour throughout Mexico.

During the second half of 1996 the band embarked on a tour of 17 concerts, with shows sold out in Boston, San Diego, Washington DC, Santa Barbara, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Sacramento, Miami, San Jose, Phoenix, San Bernardino, Tucson, Anaheim, and Las Vegas. This tour earned them important articles in prestigious magazines such as Rolling Stone, Time, Details, People Magazine, Newsweek and Pollstar.

On September 7, 1996 the band performed two sold out shows at the James Knight Center in Miami, an accomplishment never before attained by a Latin pop rock band. The album earned the group the Best Pop/Rock Latin Album award at the Billboard Awards, setting a record of six Billboard Awards received over a period of three years.

After their presentations in the United States the band returned to Mexico, where they gave two successful concerts in the Plaza de Toros in their native Guadalajara. During their stay in the city, the band gave a press conference to announce the launch of its website; while the conference was being held the website received 6000 hits, a staggering figure considering the period in time.

In March 1997, the renowned American magazine, specializing in drummers and the drumming industry, Modern Drummer, published an article on Alex González. In this article, they name Maná as a great event in Latin Pop Rock in the United States, as well as, recognizing Alex as one of the best drummers in the world in said genre. Eleven years later, in March 2008 Alex appears again in the magazine, but this time in an extended interview.



Sueños Líquidos (Liquid Dreams)



After a positive experience with their previous album in Puerto Vallarta, an important location in Maná’s creative atlas, the band decided to return to record their next album. With the desire to create an environment where water, a vital element, has a strong presence, Maná rented a beautiful house overlooking Banderas Bay, in Conchas Chinas, and they recorded Sueños Líquidos in 1997.

Countless sunsets overlooking the ocean were the perfect place to write Sueños Líquidos, an album produced by Fher and Alex, in collaboration with Benny Faccone. The result was an energetic mixture of rock, pop and Latin rhythms that go from Bossanova to Flamenco and pass through the Caribbean cadence of reggae. Major singles such as "En el muelle de San Blas" (At San Blas Pier) "Hechicera” (Sorceress), "Clavado en un bar” (Stuck in a Bar) and "Como dueles en los labios” (How Your Lips Hurt) come off of this production.

The album was released in October 1997 and was released simultaneously in 36 countries. It debuted in first place in the Billboard Hot Latin 50 Chart. The album was also played extensively in the U.S., and Maná became the first rock band in Spanish that appeared in the Kathie Lee & Regis show, a leading program in American television.

On January 30, 1998 the band began its most ambitious tour, Sueños Líquidos World Tour in Chile, followed by Uruguay and Mexico. After a break of 4 weeks due to drummer, Alex González, being diagnosed with hepatitis A, the group resumed its tour in their native Mexico, where they gave 44 concerts.

Among the shows that highlighted the Sueños Líquidos Tour 98’ are those in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Chile, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Another important event was in the Auditorio Nacional, where Maná performed a record-breaking show; it was the first time that a band of this genre gave a concert seven consecutive times on this stage.

Critical to Maná's career was being the first rock band in Spanish signed by the agency Creative Artist Agency (CAA), consequently joining the impressive list of constituents that included Bon Jovi, AC / DC, Alanis Morissette, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Santana, Bob Dylan, George Michael, among others.

Their first tour under CAA began August 21, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA and covered more than 30 cities with a total of 36 shows held in arenas and amphitheaters, most of them sold out. Major presentations were held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and the Rosemont Horizon Arena, where they broke the record by becoming the first Latin pop rock group to have sold out shows.

This tour was the largest by a Latin pop rock group in the United States.

Billboard Magazine nominated the band for the sixth consecutive time for Sueños Líquidos, in the category Best Pop Rock Album of the Year, taking the prized award that night.

In December 1998, Maná was nominated for an American Grammy Award for the second time for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Sueños Líquidos, taking home the award in February 24, 1999. This is the first Grammy awarded to a Mexican Pop Rock band.

In December 1998, Fher also received an invitation from Carlos Santana to participate in his new album. Fher composed “Corazón espinado” (Thorned Heart), a song that breaks through borders into Latin music, having placed on the top of European, Asian, and American charts. The song was recorded in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco CA, where a great friendship was born between the two musicians.

As a result of this collaboration, Alex and Fher received a Grammy as producers and writers of said song. In addition, Maná performed alongside Santana in a tour across the U.S. and Mexico. The group shared arenas, auditoriums and stadiums in the U.S. with Carlos Santana in an extensive tour that would begin on July 29, 1999 in Houston TX, followed by several presentations in different cities of the state, to later on continue in Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Anaheim, Mountain View, Concord, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Boise, and Denver. Ozomatli was the opening act for the concerts, followed by the headliners Maná and Carlos Santana, alternating the order of these in each of their presentations. Historical concerts are held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, where the group performs four sold out shows.

The collaboration of Maná and Carlos Santana certainly left a mark in the rock in Spanish market as one of the biggest events in the history of this genre in the United States. Maná and Santana had performed 43 shows in total in the United States, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey by the end of the tour in December 1999.



MTV Unplugged



MTV had been requesting their participation for several years to perform an Unplugged session, but due to their busy schedule and tour commitments the band was not able to accept such an offer.

Finally, the stars aligned and on March 9, 1999 the band recorded Maná Unplugged in Miami before an intimate audience of 70 lucky fans. In this acoustic set, the group included hits from their repertoire plus 3 covers. The Unplugged session also included a music interlude called “Coladito” (Sneak In), a percussion duel between Alex González and guest musician Luis Conte, where you can appreciate the skill of both performers.

On June 22, 1999, Maná Unplugged is simultaneously released for sale throughout the North and South American continents, reaching first in sales in the Billboard Latino top 50, making the band the only Latin rock group to do so. So far, this album remains one of MTV’s best sellers. Maná is also the first Latin group to release a material of this type (CD / DVD).

The first single off of this production, an original song by Mexican artist Juan Gabriel, "Se me olvidó otra vez” (I forgot again) remained for more than 5 consecutive weeks in first place in the radio charts for much of Mexico and Latin America. "Te solté la rienda” (I let go of the reins) by composer José Alfredo Jiménez, was another very successful single from this album.

In early January 2000, Maná received the news of their Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Latin Pop Album for their album Maná Unplugged. This was the third consecutive time that the group was nominated for awards of this caliber.

The band was eager to rock and thus began the South American and Caribbean tour on March 17, 2000. They visited the following countries: Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The concerts in the Argentine capital achieved an impressive success, after giving a concert at the Ferro Stadium in Buenos Aires a few weeks after having given 2 concerts at Luna Park Stadium in the same city. The same thing happened in Santa Laura Stadium in Santiago, Chile. The rest of the tour had sold out shows where Maná was playing.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards were held in Miami in mid-April, where Maná received two major awards: the first for Best Latin Pop Rock Album for their MTV Unplugged production, and the second prize for the Selva Negra Ecological Foundation, named Spirit of Hope which is given only to those artists who have taken altruistic actions towards the environment and human rights.

Around the same time, the group receives a first, an award given by the largest United States chain, the Block Buster Award for Best Latin Artist.

In June, Maná starts a tour called Tourriata in Spain and the Canaries, visiting cities such as Tenerife, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Toledo, Santiago, Burgos, Palencia, Zamora, Barcelona, Madrid, Victoria, San Sebastián, Gijon , La Coruña, Elche, San Javier Murcia, Valencia, Sevilla, San Fernando, and Malaga.

It is worth mentioning that in the Spanish capital, the two shows at Las Ventas bullring was sold out, a difficult accomplishment even for artists of Spanish origin, and a triumph never before achieved by a Latin artist or group. In the rest of the tour throughout the Iberian Peninsula they also had sold out shows.

In September, the group attends the first annual Latin Grammy Awards, where together with Carlos Santana they performed the song "Corazón Espinado", being one of the most memorable moments of the night. At the ceremony, Maná won three Grammys for their collaboration with guitarist, Carlos Santana.

During their stay in Los Angeles, Maná was invited to sing the song "Corazón Espinado" alongside Carlos Santana at the # 1 talk show in the U.S. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, who recognized Maná as the most important Latin pop rock group.

The band does not stop and goes on to release the compilation entitled Grandes Maná, whose publication was made only for Europe and Scandinavia. A few weeks after going on sale it occupied the top positions in the radio mainly from the Italian peninsula with the song "En el muelle de San Blas." With this success, Maná visited Italy in November 2001 for the first time on a promotional tour where they performed a showcase in Milan for the media, celebrities and the general public. Italy took Maná in, breaking the language barrier and reaching the top spots on the radio. As a result, they appeared on the front pages of the Italian national press.



Revolución de Amor (Love Revolution)



In early 2002, the band goes into seclusion to compose the next demos that are to become their next studio album in three years since the launch of Sueños Líquidos. They launched Revolución de amor in June 2002 an album where Maná is looking to blend their essence with the sounds of sixties and seventies rock, and other Latin music fusions. The result was a record collection full of energy, with a sound that favors the guitars, but does not negate future exploration and fusion.

This, their sixth studio album, was recorded entirely in Los Angeles between February and May 2002 and included the collaboration of Carlos Santana and his guitar on the song "Justicia, tierra y libertad (Justice, Land, and Freedom), and Rubén Blades in "Sábanas frías” (Cold Sheets). Notably, the band's guitarist Sergio Vallín, participated by singing “¿Por qué te vas?”(Why Are You Leaving?), dedicated to his parents.

Revolución de amor reached first place in sales in Spain, Latin America, and the United States for five consecutive weeks. It had the most dazzling singles “Ángel de amor” (Angel of Love), “Eres mi religión” (You Are My Religion), and "Mariposa traicionera" (Treacherous Butterfly).

Due to their Italian success, the singer Zucchero invited the group to participate in the song "Baila Morena", a duet that was successful both in Latin America and Europe. Maná in turn invited the singer to participate in the song "Eres mi religión", but this time in Italian, which was then included in a special edition of the album Revolución de Amor released in Europe.

On September 29, 2002 Maná embarks on a new two-year tour that would put them on the international market map like never before. The tour took the group not only to cities in the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Spain, but to new places such as Rome, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Eifel, Nuremberg, Munich, Stuggart, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.

The band's first foray into the difficult Brazilian market was a success, their shows were sold out, so were their concerts in Italy, France and Germany, where they reached 30 among the best albums in sales. In total, the team conducted over 100 concerts in 24 countries.

During their stay in Europe, the band participated in the special Pavarotti & Friends together with Zucchero, where they performed with the likes of Bono, Eric Clapton, Lionel Ritchie, Queen, Deep Purple, Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocceli. Maná received two nominations at the 4th Latin Grammy Awards held in Miami on September 3, 2003, in the categories of Best Engineered Recording Album and Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group, taking the latter home.



Esenciales Maná (Essential Maná)



On November 18, 2003 the group decides to take a sabbatical after years of hard work. During this time, they launch the Esenciales collections in three versions: “Sol, Luna y Eclipse” (Sun, Moon and Eclipse), including their most successful songs and other contributions from the band, such as the version of "Fool in the Rain", original song by Led Zeppelin. Their version of the Zepplin song was included in the tribute to the legendary British group, Encomium, where Maná was the only Latin artist invited. Also found in the compilation is the previously unreleased song "Te llevaré al cielo” (I'll take you to heaven), an instant hit, quickly reaching the top of the charts on the radio and video.

Expressing their gratitude towards their fans, they decide to put out on December 12, 2004 a DVD called Acceso Total (Total Access), which includes images of the Revolución de amor Tour (2002-2003), plus never before seen footage in the band’s dressing rooms, allowing the fans “total access” to what Maná experiences on tour.



Amar es Combatir (Love Means to Battle)



Nearly 5 years had passed since the band’s last studio album, Revolución de amor, which ignited rumors and speculations about the group’s separation. What nobody knew was that after their sabbatical and since early 2005, Maná was already in the process of writing their seventh studio album, Amar es Combatir.

In February 2006, the band decides to travel to Miami, an always vibrant city, embraced by the tropical environment and a Latin environment that permeates the air, a perfect ambience to inspire this CD, incorporating a fusion of rock, pop, latin, reggae, even drum and bass. Produced by Fher and Alex, like their previous albums, Amar es Combatir was released on August 22, 2006 and was released in 40 countries worldwide, reaching number four in the Top 200 Albums of Billboard Magazine in the United States, a record held only by another production entirely in Spanish for the album Oral Fixation Vol. 1, by Shakira.

Its first single, "Labios compartidos" (Shared Lips) remained at the top of the Latin radio charts for eight consecutive weeks and is named in the media as one of the most recognized and awarded tracks of 2006.

"Bendita tu luz" (Blessed Be Your Light, a duet with Juan Luis Guerra) and "Manda una señal” (Send a Signal) were also positioned at the top of the charts, followed by a fifth single, "El rey tiburón” (King Shark). It is noteworthy, because it is uncommon nowadays for an album to have produced five hit singles, given the hard times that the industry is facing.

In November 2006, the group participates in the 7th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, where they rendered a superb performance with Juan Luis Guerra, resulting in a heartfelt standing ovation from those in attendance and was one of the most climactic moments of the evening. They also received homage for their long career and achievement in music.

In February 2007, after receiving five nominations at the Latin Billboard Awards, four nominations at Premios Lo Nuestro and an American Grammy for Best Urban/ Alternative Rock Album, Maná began their Amar es Combatir World Tour, with the largest production incurred by the group so far (over 60 tons of equipment), giving 116 concerts over a period of one year and a half.

Maná concerts in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, included shows in the following cities: San Diego, Los Angeles, Laredo, Houston, Corpus Christi, Miami, Orlando, New York, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maná became the first rock band in Spanish to sell out the Madison Square Garden in New York for three nights (two of them consecutive). They also had four consecutive sold out concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, three sold out nights at the Miami American Airlines Arena, three more in the Toyota Center in Houston and four sold out shows at the José M. Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico.

In addition to meeting in Washington D.C. with U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton to compare views on the environment and migration, Maná received a recognition for having their song “Labios compartidos” downloaded as a ringtone more than 450,000 times.

Their Latin American tour included concerts in Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. The band played in major forums, highlighting the band's concerts in Argentina: three presentations at the Velez Stadium in Buenos Aires, as well as in the Chateau Carreras Stadium in Cordoba, the Central Stadium in Rosario, and the Malvinas Stadium in Mendoza.

Other performances of great importance were:


Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, the Army Stadium in Guatemala, Magic Stadium in San Salvador, Managhua Soccer Stadium, Olympic Stadium in Caracas, Simon Bolivar Park in Bogota, Alberto Spencer Stadium in Guayaquil, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium in Quito, Alejandro Serrano Stadium in Cuenca, Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro, Gigantinho Stadium in Porto Alegre, and the Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo.

During June and July of 2007 they take their tour to Spain, where they break the record as the Latin artist with the most concert goers in the motherland, selling out all the concerts in the 15 provinces: Zaragoza, Pamplona, Bilbao, Gijon, Santiago , Leon, Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia, Alicante, Albacete, Malaga, Sevilla, Las Palmas and Tenerife.

Another achievement for the group was their World Music Award nomination, held in Monaco, France. This award is based on album sales during a year. Maná shared the stage with artists such as Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Patti Labelle, among others.

Among the most notable awards that the band obtained for this production is an American Grammy in the category of Best Rock Album, Alternative or Urban; three Premios Lo Nuestro for Rock Album of the Year, Rock Artist of the Year, and Rock Song of the Year; two Billboard Latinos for Alternative Rock Album of the Year and Pop Airplay Song of the Year by a Duo or Group.



Arde El Cielo (Heaven is Burning)



The overwhelming response that came after the Amar es Combatir World Tour was an amazing experience for the band, which led them to capture that energy and adrenaline, in a recording where their fans could remember and relive every moment. As a result, the band decided to record two of their four appearances at the José M. Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico in March 2007.

On April 29, 2007 Maná presented in Los Angeles a CD / DVD called Arde el Cielo, which was recorded during the Amar es Combatir World Tour.

The material contains 12 live tracks that account and review the history of Maná, from "Rayando el sol" to "Labios compartidos", passing through "El rey tiburón" and well-known songs such as "En el muelle de San Blas" or "Vivir sin airer", as well as two unreleased studio recordings. The first of these new songs is “Si no te hubieras ido” (If You Had Not Left), a song from Marco Antonio Solis, covered by other artists, but it was Maná who put their peculiar stamp on it.

The second previously unreleased track in the CD was "Arde el cielo" a song composed by Fher and produced with Alex González. Both songs would become hits in 2008.

The Latin Billboard Awards recognized this production and awarded the group in the following categories: Song Of The Year by a Group or Duo, Airplay Pop Song of the Year for "Si no te hubieras ido," Pop Album of the Year by a Group or Duo, and Alternative Rock Album of the Year for Arde el Cielo.



Drama y Luz (Drama and Light)



Drama y Luz (Drama and Light) represents a milestone in the career of Maná. This is a carefully crafted album, nurtured and executed over 1,000 days in their respective thousand nights and a night. As any superb dish, it has been cooked over low flame.

The conception of Drama y Luz took its time, like all things worthwhile. The project began to take shape in June 2008 and will end in early April 2011. During those 34 months, over forty songs were composed, arranged and recorded. Only a rigorous selection of thirteen will see the light.

Dramatic and incandescent, are some words that can be used to describe the songs in Drama y Luz, expressing the pain of a loss as well as the yearning for a reunion, or the inner struggles that break out from one moment to the next. Love and pain. Defeat and revenge. Fear and hope.

True to their nature, the members of Maná present their audience with an elaborate production, conceived with the highest of standards. Drama y Luz offers a kaleidoscope of sounds and passages far exceeding its concept, while offering a renewed, yet evocative sound. The band puts heart and soul into each of their songs. As well as dedication, commitment, love and passion. All of which are echoed in this production.

The gestation and recording process of Drama y Luz has allowed an amazing amalgam of talents in fortunate circumstances. From the demos to the final tracks, Drama y Luz was simmering without haste in prestigious studios such as Energy, Ocean Studios, Conway Studios, Ocean Way, Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, and The Hit Factory in Miami . Benny Facconne and Thom Russo, two renowned sound engineers that have played a decisive role in Maná’s discography, collaborate for the first time in this album.

In addition to the band, Drama y Luz incorporates session musicians and special guests, as well as the participation of a string and brass orchestra composed of 32 members. The latter under the direction of Suzie Katayama (who is also responsible for the arrangements) master of the cello and the accordion and who has collaborated with artists such as Joe Cocker, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Portishead, Limp Bizkit, among others.

Special guests also include percussionist Luis Conte (Poncho Sanchez, Natalie Cole, Julian Lennon, Sergio Mendes, Roger Waters, among others) and Tommy Morgan, a virtuoso of the harmonica that has collaborated with the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, and The Carpenters to name a few.

The first single from Drama y Luz is "Lluvia al corazón," (Rain to the Heart) a theme that carries a message of hope amid the dark clouds of an uncertain future that come when living on a dying planet. In the middle of a sea in pain, the rain falls and washes away the wounds, taking suffering with it. Hope is our right and sometimes, a last resort. That is “Lluvia al corazón." A song about hope in a time when humanity must not lose faith.



Exiliados en la Bahía



Exiliados en la Bahía (Lo Mejor de Maná) includes greatest hits from the band's 20 plus year as the leading Latinamerican band. It also includes the cover "Hasta Que Te Conocí" (Juan Gabriel) and a brand a previously unreleased track "Un Nuevo Amanecer".

Band Members



*Fher Olvera: Lead Vocals, guitar, and harmonica

*Juan Calleros: Bass

*Alex “The Animal” González: Drums, percussion, vocals, back-up vocals

*Sergio Vallín: Guitarra, back-up vocals



Guest Musicians



* Gustavo Orozco, guitar (in Maná Live)

* Juan Carlos Toribio, keyboards (from 1994)

* Sheila Ríos, back-up vocals (in live concerts from 89 al 94, Maná Live and MTV Unplugged)

* Luis Conte, percussion (MTV Unplugged 1999, Tour Santana Maná).

* Fernando Vallín, guitars, back-up vocals (from 2002)

* Héctor Quintana, back-up vocals and percussion (2007-present)



Ex Members



* Ulises Calleros, guitar(1987-1991)

* Iván González, keyboard (1990-1994)

* César "the Vampire" López, guitar (1992-1994)



Discography



Studio Albums:



* 1987: Maná

* 1989: Falta amor

* 1992: ¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?

* 1994: Maná en Vivo

* 1995: Cuando Los Ángeles Lloran

* 1997: Sueños Líquidos

* 1999: Maná MTV Unplugged

* 2002: Revolución de Amor

* 2006: Amar es Combatir

* 2011: Drama y Luz

* 2015: Cama Incendiada



Compilations:



* 2000: Todo Maná

* 2001: Grandes Maná

* 2003: Esenciales: Sol. Luna Y Eclipse

* 2004: Acceso Total

* 2008: Arde el Cielo


* 2012: Exiliados En La Bahía


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