Maná rocked a Second Bay Area concert in 2016!
San Jose event, which occurred a few months ago, sold out quickly.
Maná is a Mexican Pop band from Guadalajara, Jalisco.
They are known as the U2 of Spanish rock. The group’s current line-up consists of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex “El Animal” González, guitarist Sergio Vallín, and bassist Juan Calleros.
Maná has earned four Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, nineteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards. It is considered by many as the most influential and successful Latin American band of all time with over 40 million albums sold worldwide.
Mana origins date back to a band called Sombrero Verde, whose members José Fernando (Fher) Olvera, voice, Gustavo Orozco, the electric guitar; and the Calleros brothers: Juan Diego, on bass, Ulysses, on electric guitar and Abraham, on drums came from Guadalajara. In 1975 they decided to get together to play different songs from groups they admired, including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Police, among others.
They were originally known as The Spies of the Green Hat, but soon the name was shortened to Green Hat and was eventually adapted into Spanish as Sombrero Verde, as the band wanted to rock in their own language. They were one of the first groups to venture out, composing their own songs even though rock in Spanish was not yet a trend.
In 1981 they released their first album, Sombrero Verde, under the label Ariola, the singles were “Vampiro” (Vampire), “Profesor” (Professor), “Long Time” and “Depiértate” (Wake Up).