Maná is an incredibly popular band from Guadalajara, México, formed in 1978 by Fher Olvera (vocals), Gustavo Orozco (guitar) and Juan Diego Callero (bass), Ulises Callero (guitar) and Abraham Calleros (drums). They have earned three Grammy Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, three Premios Juventud awards, nine Billboard Latin Music Awards and 12 Premios Lo Nuestro awards in a career which has spanned more than three decades. Maná’s sound has been described as being anywhere from pop rock, latin pop, calypso to reggae. They initially received notoriety and commercial success in Australia and Spain and have since gained popularity and exposure in the US, Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. They have sold more than 25 million albums.
The group’s first album under Warner was “Falta Amor”, which was released in 1990, but did not become a hit until the following year. The third track from that album “Rayando el Sol” became their first hit single. In 1991, they added two new members to the group, Iván González on keyboards and César López on guitar. Ulises Calleros no longer performed with the group, but became one of their managers. On October 27, 1992, the band released “¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?” an album that spawned many hits (“Vivir Sin Aire”, “Oye Mi Amor”, “Como Te Deseo”) and cemented Maná’s status as a bona-fide supergroup. Buoyed by their success, the band undertook an international tour with 268 concerts in 17 countries.
In 1994, Iván González and César López left the group. Fher Olvera, Alex González, and Juan Calleros continued to perform as a trio until 1995 when Sergio Vallín was brought in to replace César on guitar. The group released Maná: “Cuando los Ángeles Lloran” and also started a foundation that year, Selva Negra, to advocate ecological and environmental causes. 1997 saw the fifth studio Maná album “Sueños Líquidos”, recorded in Puerto Vallarta, which hit the markets in 36 countries simultaneously. The recording received a Grammy as Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. They also released a retrospective album for distribution in Spain called “Todo Maná”.
In 2002, in an attempt to blend their sound with the essence of rock and roll from the sixties and seventies, the band released Maná: “Revolución de Amor” which garnered Maná their fourth Grammy. The band released a new version of “Eres mi Religión” for the Italian market in 2003, a duet with noted musician Zucchero who in turn invited the band to play in a special version of “Baila Morena”. This same year they were invited to participate in Pavarotti & Friends concert, an annual event where they shared the limelight with Queen, Deep Purple, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero and Bono.
2006 saw the release of the seventh studio album from Maná: “Amar es Combatir”. It sold over 60,000 copies in the first week and first single off the album, “Labios Compartidos”, rose to the top of the music charts. In 2008, Maná released “Arde El Cielo”, in both a CD and CD/DVD package, showing the band performing live during the “Amar es Combatir” Tour in support of the “Amar es Combatir” album. Maná: “Drama y luz” was released on April 12, 2011, in three formats CD, CD with DVD, and 12″ LP vinyl record. The first single off the album, “Lluvia al Corazón”, was released on March 14, 2011. The song debuted at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and the album made its debut at number 5 in the Billboard 200 selling 47,000 copies during its first week.
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