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Mexican Music From Maná Fills Arenas Across the Country

May 21, 2012
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Maná, the Mexican band from Guadalajara, has filled the Staples Center in Los Angeles more times than any other performer. They play to sold-out audiences across the country and have been selling millions of records for decades.

Their music is a blend of love songs and political commentary. It attracts fans with its Police-style reggae and pop influenced rock. In a typical concert, the seats are filled with families and grandparents, and Mexican flags are often waved.

The music industry thought Latin American musicians would have to sing in English to be successful in the United States. However, Maná has no plans to sing in English. Fher Olvera, the lead singer, said “Maybe we will change our mind, but we think that people can love music even if they do not understand all the words.”

Band members say they sing about immigration, the environment and human rights. One said “That is not what I call wholesome, but it is really important for everyone of every age to hear.”

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