Mano Negra

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Mano Negra
General information
Genre (s) Patchanka / Mestizo ( punk rock , ska , Latin )
founding 1987
resolution 1994
Last occupation
Manu Chao
Santiago Casariego
Joseph Dahan
Pierre Gauthé
Thomas Darnal
Daniel Jamet
Philippe Teboul
Antoine Chao

Mano Negra (Spanish: "Black Hand") was a French band founded in 1987 by Manu Chao .


Band members included Manu Chao, his brother Antoine Chao, his cousin Santiago Casariego, Daniel Jamet, Joseph Dahan, Philippe Teboul, Thomas Darnal, Pierre Gauthé, Tomas Arroyos, Jean-Marc Winand and Anouk Khélifa, who also became Manu Chao's partner and herself separated from him only during his solo career. Today Manu Chao is best known in Germany because of his very successful solo career.

Mano Negra stood out because she combined a variety of different musical styles (including punk rock , ska and latin ). Manu Chao calls this patchanka (see also mestizo music ). She recorded five albums during her career. At the beginning of the 1990s it was one of the most famous French bands.

The band performed in many countries - especially Latin America they visited often. The final concert of the “Cargo '92” tour in Buenos Aires was the last in the original line-up.

The band split up in 1994 after the release of "Casa Babylon", which also included other artists. Manu Chao began his solo career three years later.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1988 Patchanka FR145 (1 week)
Chart entry in FR only in 2001
1989 Puta's Fever FR130 (1 week)
Chart entry in FR only in 2001

More studio albums

  • King of Bongo (1991)
  • Casa Babylon (1994)

Live albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1992 In the Hell of Patchinko FR88 (4 weeks)
Chart entry in FR only in 2003


  • America Perdida (1991) - Compilation with a new number: America Perdida
  • Bande Originale du Livre (1994) - with picture disc + book
  • Best Of Mano Negra (1998)
  • L'Essentiel (2004)
  • Mini Negra (2005) - EP with 4 tracks
  • Lo Mejor De La Mano Negra (2005) - double CD, also: Best of Mano Negra


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1988 Mala vida
FR157 (2 weeks)
Chart entry in FR only in 2013
1990 King Kong Five
Puta's Fever
- UK95 (1 week)
Pas assez de toi
Puta's fever
FR32 (4 weeks)
1991 Sidi h'bibi
Puta's Fever
FR47 (2 weeks)
King of Bongo
King Of Bongo
FR38 (7 weeks)
1994 Santa Maradona
Casa Babylon
FR42 (5 weeks)

More singles

  • 1987: Takin 'It Up
  • 1990: Patchanka
  • 1990: Rock 'n' Roll band
  • 1991: Madame Oscar
  • 1991: Out of Time Man
  • 1992: Don't Want You No More
  • 1993: Mad Man's Dead
  • 1994: Señor Matanza


  • Puta's Fever (1989) - documentary
  • Tournée Générale (1990) - concert at the cigale in Paris
  • America Perdida (1991)
  • Cargo '92 (1992)
  • Pura vida (2005) - Documentation covering the years 1987 to 1994
  • Out of Time (2005) - Double DVD (released Nov. 2005)
    • DVD 1 (released individually in February 2006):
      • Pura vida
      • Rock and Roll Band - Live videos between 1988 and 1992
    • DVD 2 (released individually in February 2006):
      • Putas Fever
      • Tournée générale
      • Des clips - Official videos of the most popular songs
      • les Bonus - Live recordings from the early years
      • Audiotracks-the lost tape - recordings of rare or unreleased songs


  • Alessandro Robecchi: Manu Chao. Music and freedom. Ullstein, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-548-36344-X .
  • Ramon Chao: A train of ice and fire. With Mano Negra through Colombia. Nautilus, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-89401-564-0 .

Web links


  1. a b c Chart sources: FR UK