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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Manu Chao vs. Paris Hilton

Manu Chao is still a relative unknown in this country, despite being considered a music revolutionary everywhere else in the world. Why are most Americans completely unaware of his music? Oh, that's right, we devote gazillions of media coverage to that other ch38ion of the people and music revolutionary, Paris Hilton . Riiiiiight . Anyway, if you don't know Manu Chao, get to listenin' . (Love his site!) After a recent show in New York, The Guardian describes Chao's influence this way: "no other act in the past decade has assumed the mantle of political engagement, passion and global empathy once worn by Bob Marley or Joe Strummer quite like Manu Chao."

Manu Chao's latest album La Radiolina comes out September 4th. Here's the video for one of the tracks off that album, "Rainin' in Paradize":

-- Angela Carone produces arts and culture programming for These Days and Culture Lust . Please read our guidelines before posting comments.


Janette Aziz
July 27, 2007 at 11:05 PM
Yeah, manu chao rocks, I think that he is almost unknown in this country because maybe he does not appeal to the mainstream media -----

September 11, 2007 at 11:00 PM
Ha ha Paris H... Manu is the ONE, I love rainin in paradize. I've just got the whole new's great

Manu fan
September 18, 2007 at 12:44 AM
Yeah, you're right - it's crazy how much time we spend on people like Paris instead of people like Manu Chao! But he is someone who by nature would not be embraced by the "mainstream" - that's just not who he is! I found this really cool link with info and music and videos -- check it out!