Hardly a Mexican band has such a contrast inside and outside their country as it is supposed to. The pop rock band has toured the world performing extensively in concerts and has a loyal fan base in the United States, but in its native country it divided views and did not perform live in the capital for years. was.
In the United States, the band played at the White House and holds the record for the largest number of concerts on a single tour, with seven on a single tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. The group also holds the record for the largest number of concerts, with seven appearances on a single tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He is so loved by Angelenos that this year he started La Residencia, a series of concerts at The Forum in March, with his most recent performance in October.
However, in Mexico, after the explosion of his music in the 1990s, his perceptions are mutating to such an extent that a large part of the population is not so confident about him, either because they are the opposite, because they love him. also agree. For simple ignorance of pop rock or his career.
On Saturday night they arrived in Foro Sol, Mexico City with their Mexico Lindo y Querido tour, which brought together 60,000 attendees who went on to sing their songs, including “Vivir Sin Air”, “Oye Mi Amor” and “Ann the San” included. Blas Pier”, thus dispelling doubts about his love for his land.
“We’ve finally arrived here, in the Aztec heart of our country, the great Mexico City, and for us it’s a huge, huge feeling, a feeling bigger than this faro sol, we have to play in our country and meet again,” They said. Singer Fer Olvera.
He also sang “Raindo El Sol”, “Shared Lips”, “Nailed to a Bar”, “From Head to Toe”, “I’m Worth It”, “The Cuckoo Clock” and “Treacherous Butterfly”, the latter being Olvera. Dedicated to by the Chilangas, as they colloquially speak to the residents of Mexico City: “Those charming women with horns who like to go from flower to flower, that’s how men fall in love with us.”
Prior to this, Mana performed with Carlos Santana at Foro Sol in 1999. Another famous rendition of Mana in Mexico is the joint peace concert with the Jaguares in 2001 at the Azteca Stadium, which at the time had a capacity of around 100,000 attendees. And most recently, in 2015, he held a series of concerts at the Mexico City Arena, which received 22,000.
Mana, whose name means positive energy in Polynesian, was created in 1986 in Guadalajara, in the western state of Jalisco. The band, made up of Olvera, drummer Alex Gonzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallin and bassist Juan Caleros, has sold over 40 million records, including their albums such as MTV’s “Unplugged,” “Burning Bed,” “Liquid Dreams” and “Children.” Where will you play?”. Mana has been recognized with four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards.
In 2016, they unveiled their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the first Mexican rock band with a plaque on the famed walk. In 2018, they also became the first group to be honored as Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy, the organization that awards the Latin Grammys. Also in 2018 he received the Billboard Latin Music Award for his career and in 2021 the Icon Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, in which he has been recognized on more than twenty occasions for his music releases.
The group has popular collaborations with artists such as Santana, Pablo Alborán, Nicky Jam and Alejandro Fernández.
Throughout his career, Mana has led environmental activism through his Selva Negra Ecological Foundation, created in 1996, and has also promoted the Latino vote in the United States and Latin America.
At the concert, Mann sang his song “Where will the kids play?” Dedicated. To raise awareness of the urgency of action against climate change. Images of a giant elephant puppet and forest fires appeared during the song.
“Concerned about taking care of our mother earth, we only have one planet, no planet B, no plans for someone else to live here and face the consequences,” Olvera said. “I want to dedicate this song to all the little ones who are alive and who are the generations to come, our heirs.”
The band stated that they are documenting the concert so that they can share it with the world. He also had a “Palomazzo” segment (informal play) in which he sang from a platform located behind the dance floor area of the stage, where he invited fans to sing along with him on “You Are My Religion” onstage. Also sang “I Forgot Again” by Juan Gabriel.
Olvera also took some time to remember those who have died during the pandemic.
“It’s a huge celebration for us to be here. This concert is a celebration of life”, said the singer. “We are still alive after a great tragedy, an event that passed us, many close people, family, friends went to heaven… so for us it is a celebration to be here, a celebration of love and life” .