Top Tune of the Week

Week of March 16, 2011

Chico Mann - Ya Yo Sé

Drenched in warm synthesizers and Spanish lyrics, Chico Mann’s “Ya Yo Sé” is a sly nod to the genre of freestyle, the underground Latin dance music of the ’80s. Born in New York City, Chico Mann (aka Marcos García) was immersed in not only the electro beats of New York and Miami, but also the rich musical tradition of Cuba that courses through his veins. Proficient on guitar and keyboards, Chico Mann found a new groove while playing in the Brooklyn Afrobeat band Antibalas. Now, as Chico Mann, he assembles all of his influences into a tight, fresh fusion. “I’m employing several dialects to make a larger musical statement,” he says. “They’re all branches of the same tree.”

“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…Miami disco, early hip-hop thuds and claps—to dissolve decades, along with borders.” –Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Chico Mann will be performing at the SXSW Music Festival TONIGHT the Wax Poetics show (March 16th) along with Kendra Morris and the Adrian Younge Sound Orchestra! Details HERE!

Check out the video for “Ya Yo Sé” HERE

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