Manu Chao helped begin the Latin alternative movement way back in the '80s -- although it had no name then -- and in his later work, he cut a cross-cultural swath across styles and geographic boundaries. Chao's Mano Negra, a multilingual and decidedly multicultural band with an edge heavily influenced by the punk rock of the Clash, was beloved in Europe and South America. He later formed Radio Bemba Sound System but debuted as a solo artist in 1998 with Clandestino. Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (2001), the live Radio Bemba Sound System (2002), the French-language Sibérie M'était Contéee, and La Radiolina (2007) followed. ~ Chris Nickson
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