Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System


The staunchly political Chao is difficult to pin down stylistically. The French-born son of Spanish immigrants formed Mano Negra (known to many as the French Clash) in Paris in 1986. He then toured extensively in Latin America, traveling by river barges and playing at any port that would have him. He quickly attracted a circus-like entourage, replete with trapeze artists and magicians. After the tour, Mano Negra disbanded. Chao then formed Radio Bemba and returned to South and Central America, roaming nomadically while recording on a four-track stashed in his rucksack. Chao even bought an old train in order to play gigs in remote jungle villages. This trek resulted in his first solo album, “Clandestino,” which eschewed the full-on mosh mode for a breezy, lounge feel.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Manu Chao and the Radio Bemba Sound System | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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