Writers / Artists

Chico Mann

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Artist's Web Site: http://chicomann.com/

“Chico Mann finished the showcase with far-reaching, utterly danceable electronica… The songs, in Spanish, swept through a 1970s African diaspora — stop-start funk, Afro-Cuban Santeria rhythms, reggae vocal lines, Miami disco, early hip-hop thuds and claps — to dissolve decades, along with borders.” Jon Pareles – NY Times

The sounds of Africa have taken multi-instrumentalist Chico Mann—aka Marcos García—all over the world. So itʼs fitting that after spending years learning to speak Afrobeat, albeit with a Cuban accent, Chico Mann has employed several dialects to make a larger musical statement, creating a hybrid of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Afrobeat and classic freestyle that has emerged to be one of the new, vibrant musical styles of today.

Born in New York City to Cuban parents—his mother a pianist and disc jockey, his father a record label head and producer of merengue records—a young Chico started early, diving headlong into the spheres of guitar, piano, and break dancing; the works of Willie Colón, Fela Kuti, Lisa Lisa, and Afrika Bambaataa led the way. His father told him to steer clear of the business, but did he really have a choice?

Fast forward to the early 2000s. When he wasnʼt burning up stages worldwide with the mighty Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Chico was home cooking up a more personal sound, featuring himself on all the instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, programming) and vocals (in Spanish!). A debut album Manifest Tone, Vol. 1 emerged in 2007 and in 2010, he was ready to drop another groundbreaking statement – Analog Drift, his first for Wax Poetics Records. Here Chico Mann introduces the rhythms of Afrobeat to the music of Cuba, the Latin freestyle flavors of 1980s New York and Miami, and the synth-heavy electro beats of dance floors across the globe. UK based Soundway Records released for the first time on vinyl a collection of the choicest cuts from Chico Mann’s ‘Manifest Tone’ Volumes 2 & 3, with Manifest Tone EP on November 12th, 2012. All of this paved the way for the arrival of his most accomplished and polished sound yet with the album, Magical Thinking in 2013 (Soundway Records). Garcia teamed up with Gumbo Funk producer, Captain Planet for the world beat single, “Un Poquito Mas”, released on May 27, 2014.

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Releases

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Manifest Tone, Vol 1   BUY
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Ya Yo Se (Serato Control Vinyl 12")   BUY
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Analog Drift   BUY
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Antibalas
Security   BUY
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Mexicans With Guns
Me Gusto - 12" Single   BUY
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Instrumental EP   BUY
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Antibalas
Antibalas   BUY
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Magical Thinking   BUY
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Manifest Tone Ep   BUY
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Captain Planet (feat. Chico Mann)
Un Poquito Mas   BUY
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Videos

Chico Mann - Beaterator
Chico Mann - Oye, Mira, Cuidado
Chico Mann - Ya Yo Se

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