The Grammy award-winning band Maná will be arriving in Costa Rica for next week’s concert. Will we see you there?
Depending on your age and preferences, the genre of “rock” may conjure-up different iconic images — the black bolt of ACDC, the Beatles crossing Abbey Road, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their red asterisk — but how much do you know about the Latin Rock scene?
Born out of Guadalajara, Mexico, Maná is currently made-up of four members: vocalist and guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín, and bassist Juan Calleros. In addition to rock, their style draws upon both Pop and Ska genres in order to create a powerful succession of chart-toppers that is reminiscent of Santana yet not afraid to blair the electric guitar. In fact, you may have already heard some of Maná’s work back in 1999 when Santana featured them in “Corazon Espinado.”
For most of Latin America, however, Maná has been well known since the nineties, winning award after award both regionally and throughout the rest of the world. Their rock-pop songs are accessible to dance, sing and rock to even for those whose Spanish is limited.
- 2000 — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez”
- 2003 — Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group for Revolución de Amor
- 2006 — Special Award for musical accomplishments
- 2011 — Best Rock Album for Drama y Luz; Best Engineered Album for Drama y Luz
- 2015 — Best Rock/Pop Album for Cama Incendiada
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- 2007 — World’s Best-Selling Latin Group; Best Selling Latin American Artist
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- 1999 — Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance for “Sueños Líquidos”
- 2003 — Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Revolución de Amor
- 2007 — Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Amar es Combatir
- 2012 — Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album for Drama y Luz
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- 2006 — Best Music Video for “Labios Compartidos;” Best Rock Artist; Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2007 — Best Group or Duet; Artist of the Year
Even more titles have been awarded to Maná from Billboard, Los Premios 40 Principales, Telehit, Orgullosamente Latino, Cadena Dial, Premios Casandra, People en Español, Premios Juventud, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Oye! and Ritmo Latino.
Cama Incendiada, or “The Burning Bed” when translated, is Maná’s most recent album, and just last week it won the Latin Grammy Awards’ Best Rock/Pop Album of the Year. The success comes after a slight lull in the band’s work after their early millennium triumphs.
According to Michelle Morgante of the Associated Press:
[quote_center]“After several uneven albums that verged too far into sweetness, Maná has found its edge again in their ninth studio album Cama Incendiada… The music echoes a flirtation, moving from a sly, walking rhythm to a powerful crescendo of rock guitar and horns that drop hard into the hook.”[/quote_center]
The 2015 tour to promote Cama Incendiada has proved thus far to be appropriately extravagant, with those involved calling it Maná’s most ambitious performance endeavor to date. Concert after concert, stadium after stadium the band continues to come on stage to a sold-out crowd.
With their Costa Rican appearance in the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium just around the corner on December 5th, it’s recommended that you buy your tickets as soon as possible via Eticket.cr or authorized Servimás retailers.