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Date Of BirthJune 21, 1961

Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961) is a French singer of Spanish descent. He sings in a number of languages and is known for his eclectic mix of styles, including reggae, rock, ska, and world music.

Chao was born in Paris, France, to a family of Spanish Basque and Galician descent. His father, writer and journalist Ramón Chao, was born in Vilalba, Galicia. His mother, Felisa Ortega, was born in Bayonne, Basque Country. Chao has two sisters, Sandra and Amelia, and a brother, Antoine.

Chao began his musical career in Paris as a member of the band Hot Pants. He later joined Mano Negra, a multiracial French rock band, with whom he achieved international success.

In 2000, Chao released his first solo album, Clandestino, which was a commercial and critical success. The album sold over two million copies and won the Best World Music Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Chao’s second album, Próxima Estación: Esperanza, was released in 2002. The album was another commercial and critical success, selling over three million copies and winning the Best World Music Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

Chao’s third album, La Radiolina, was released in 2007. The album was another commercial and critical success, selling over four million copies and winning the Best World Music Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Chao’s fourth album, Siberie m’était contée, was released in 2010. The album was another commercial and critical success, selling over five million copies and winning the Best World Music Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Chao’s fifth album, My Country is the World, was released in 2014. The album was another commercial and critical success, selling over six million copies and winning the Best World Music Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Chao has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards. He is currently working on his sixth studio album, which is scheduled for release in 2019.

General Info

Full NameManu Chao
Date Of BirthJune 21, 1961
Height1.73 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Actor, Me Gustas Tu, Bongo Bong, Me Llaman Calle


ParentsFelisa Ortega, Ramón Chao, Me Gustas Tu, Bongo Bong, Me Llaman Calle
SiblingsAntoine Chao


AwardsGoya Award for Best Original Song, Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Song, MTV Europe Music Award for Best French Act, Me Gustas Tu, Bongo Bong, Me Llaman Calle
Music GroupsMano Negra, Los Carayos, Hot Pants, Me Gustas Tu, Bongo Bong, Me Llaman Calle
NominationsNRJ Music Award for International Male Artist of the Year, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist, NRJ Music Award for International Album of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, Porin Award for Best Foreig...
MoviesGogol Bordello Non-Stop

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Blood Father2016performer: "La Primavera" / writer: "La Primavera"
Cake2014/IIperformer: "Desaparecido" / writer: "Desaparecido"
Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor2014writer: "Mala vida"
Guapas2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Long Way Down2014performer: "Mentira" / writer: "Mentira" - as Jose-Manuel Chao
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 20122013"Bongo bong" / writer: "Bongo bong"
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie2012Video performer: "Me Gustas Tu" / writer: "Me Gustas Tu"
No me la puc treure del capTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood2012performer: "Clandestino" / writer: "Clandestino"
50 años deTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
60/90TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Maradona by Kusturica2008Documentary performer: "La Vida Tómbola" / writer: "La Vida Tómbola"
No disparen al pianistaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Entourage2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The War on Drugs2007Documentary performer: "Me Gustas Tu", "Me gustas tu" / writer: "Me Gustas Tu", "Me gustas tu"
Raval, Raval...2006Documentary "Rumba de Barcelona", "El dorado 1997", "Me gustas tu"
Princesas2005performer: "5 Razones", "Me llaman calle" / writer: "Me llaman calle"
Green Screen Show2004TV Series performer: "La Trampa"
Haven2004/Iperformer: "La Primavera" / writer: "La Primavera"
Once Upon a Time in Mexico2003performer: "Me Gustas Tu" / writer: "Me Gustas Tu"
The Truth About Charlie2002performer: "Mentira", "La vie à deux" / writer: "Mentira", "La vie à deux"
Tumberos2002TV Mini-Series writer: "Machine Gun"
Skeppsholmen2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
S.P.U.N.G2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Real Women Have Curves2002performer: "Minha Galera"
Pusselbitar2001TV Mini-Series performer: "LAGRIMAS DE ORO"
Santa Maradona2001writer: "SANTA MARADONA"
EnamorarteTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Onnenpeli 20012001Short performer: "Malegria"
Policías, en el corazón de la calleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Price of Glory2000writer: "King Kong Five"
The Next Best Thing2000performer: "Bongo Bong" / producer: "Bongo Bong" / writer: "Bongo Bong"
Barrio1998writer: "Mamá Perfecta" - as J.M. Chao
La classe de neige1998writer: "King Kong Five" - as J.M. Chao
Le cousin1997writer: "Casa Babylon"
Pajarico1997as M. Chao, "Mano Negra"
Taxi1996writer: "Machine Gun", "Love and Ha Te", "Hamburger Hills", "Drives Me Crazy"
Drop Zone1994as Jose Manuel Chao, "Senor Matanza"


The Engineer2013Documentary
The Mammy2011Short
Malta Radio2009Documentary
LT22 Radio La Colifata2007Documentary
Malegría2007Documentary short
El efecto Iguazú2002Documentary
Bonanza (En vías de extinción)2001Documentary
Los deseos del camino (King Ale)2001
El viaje de Ibrahima2000TV Movie documentary


Small Voices2008ShortTrainer 3

Music Department

Taxi1996musical collaborator


Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia2012Documentary very special thanks
Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours2002thanks


La Pegatina: El Docu2013Himself
Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia2012DocumentaryHimself
Marcelo Yuka no Caminho das Setas (Marcelo Yuka: Follow the Signs)2011DocumentaryHimself
Manu Chao live aux arènes de Bayonne2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Live from Abbey Road2008TV Series
Cámara abierta 2.02008TV SeriesHimself
Maradona by Kusturica2008DocumentaryHimself
No disparen al pianista2008TV SeriesHimself
La 2 noticias2008TV SeriesHimself
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop2008DocumentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland2007TV SeriesHimself
El álbum de la semana2007TV SeriesHimself
Miradas 22005TV Series documentaryHimself
Princesas... en el rodaje2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Passatgers2005TV SeriesHimself
Live 82005TV Special documentaryHimself
Ça balance à Paris2004TV Series documentaryHimself
A contracorrent2003TV SeriesHimself
Babylonia en Guagua2002Himself
Bella ciao2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Música sí2001TV SeriesHimself
Continuarà...2001TV SeriesHimself
Nosolomúsica2000TV SeriesHimself
Sputnik1998TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

A polos 252010TV SeriesHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
60/902008TV SeriesHimself
Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
El disco del año 072007TV MovieHimself
Luar2007TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2006GoyaGoya AwardsBest Original Song (Mejor Canción Original)Princesas (2005)

Nominated Awards

2006CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Score (Mejor Música)Princesas (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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