Mana & Steve Aoki Team Up for “La Prision” Remix

Maná is going electronic…

The Mexican pop rock group, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros, has partnered with electro house musician Steve Aoki for a remix of the band’s breakup anthem “La Prisión,” the new video for which features plenty of tribal-themed action.

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To the tune of Olvera’s empowering vocals, Aoki is seen crowd-surfing in Ibiza and Las Vegas, while Maná rocks different concert crowds as part of their current Cama Incendiada tour. Cuts of the original video, set in the Mojave Desert, are interspersed throughout.

The remix is a departure from Maná’s other singles from the same album, like the Shakira-assisted ballad “Mi Verdad,” but it’s definitely a club thumper.

Mana Speaks Out Against Donald Trump’s Verbal Attack on Mexican Immigrants

Mana isn’t afraid to trump Donald Trump when it comes to his negative comments against Mexicans…

The Mexican pop rock group, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín, and bassist Juan Calleros defended the dignity of Mexican immigrants following Donald Trump’s verbal attack against the community during his presidential campaign speech.

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“There is a person named Donald Trump who made very violent statements, full of hate against Mexicans and Latin Americans; called them rapists, criminals, drug traffickers, and that they were rubbish,” said Olvera at a press conference preceding the concert for the Cama Incendiada tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Olvera and his bandmates reacted to Trump’s accusations after the sound test of their performance on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Cama Incendiada is the group’s latest album, whose runaway success got them a platinum disc from the label Warner Music Latin.

“It makes me sad because Mexicans have come to help build this country and it is sad that someone with so much hatred in his heart has a microphone to say these things,” he said about the statements made by Trump, after he announced his presidential nomination for the Republican Party on Tuesday.

He added such hatred was last seen in German and Nazi films and demonstrated “an excessive xenophobia.”

“We are very angry with Trump, because many Latinos are construction workers who have helped build his buildings and he is forgetting that they are the ones working hard to build the United States,” Gonzalez said
Mana was created in 1986 and has won 4 Grammys, 11 Latin Grammys and 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards among others.

Maná to Support Its Upcoming Album with Montejo-Sponsored U.S. Tour

Maná is ready to run north of the border…

The iconic Mexican rock band, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros, will embark on a U.S. tour in support of the group’s upcoming album this June with sponsorship from Mexican Montejo beer, according to brand representatives.

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The announcement coincides with the release of Maná’s first single and video from their upcoming album. “Mi Verdad” is the band’s first collaboration with Shakira.

In addition to signing on for Maná’s nationwide tour, Montejo, a newcomer to the Mexican beer market in the U.S., will produce special promotions, including a sweepstakes to attend a private concert by the group in one of the brand’s breweries in Mexico.

“Montejo is a very authentic Mexican beer,” says Patricio Ferrara, director of marketing for Montejo, who says the brand aims to appeal to Spanish language-dominant Mexican consumers in the United States. “For us, it was a very natural partnership with Maná, who we consider to be the best and most authentic Mexican rock band.”

Montejo is produced in Oaxaca by Grupo Modelo and imported to the U.S. by Anheuser-Busch, which bought Grupo Modelo in 2013.

“Montejo is one of the few beers made in México and imported to the United States that doesn’t try to adopt an Anglo personality or try to change what it is,” said, Maná frontman Fher Olvera, who deemed the beer “delicious.”

“It’s important for us to feel the connection with our heritage and our fans, especially when we are traveling,” he added. “We can’t be more proud of having Montejo as our sponsor to help us celebrate our music with our fans in the United States.”

Ferrara said that the brand has made “a significant investment” into its partnership with Maná, set to raise awareness with its Latino target consumers at Maná’s sure to be sold-out concerts. Winners of four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards, Maná is the most successful Latin rock band in the U.S., and the world.

“The partnership will be the largest asset the brand leverages in 2015,” Ferrera said. Maná’s new album is expected in March.

The Mexican rock stars are also set to play the first Rock in Rio USA, taking place in Las Vegas in May.

Maná to Perform at Next Year’s Rock in Rio USA Festival

Maná is ready to rock Las Vegas…

The multiple Grammy– and Latin Grammy-winning Mexican rock group—consisting of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros—will perform at next year’s Rock in Rio USA event.

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The Latin music superstars, considered the biggest Latin rock band in the world, are the first Spanish-language artists to be announced for the first U.S. edition of the massive festival, to take place in Las Vegas over two weekends in May 2015.

“Maná is the perfect example of the strength of the Hispanic community in the United States and how culturally diverse the country is,” Rock in Rio founder Roberto Medina said in a release announcing the band’s inclusion in the lineup.

Maná is set to play on the festival main stage during Rock Weekend (May 8-9) joining No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park and Rise Against. Deftones, Sepultura and Coheed & Cambria have been announced for the City of Rock Sunset stage that weekend.

Taylor SwiftJohn Legend and Joss Stone are the headliners revealed so far for the following Pop Weekend.

Brazilian artists Leo Gandelman, Bossacucanova and Spokfrevo have been announced for the festival’s Rock Street Brazil, which will be animated by “charismatic characters of Brazilian culture,” according to the festival website. A Rock Street USA and Rock Street UK are also planned.

Maná, the world’s biggest-selling Latin rock band, played Rock in Rio Madrid in 2012.

Mana’s Vallín to Open Guitar School in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Sergio Vallín is helping educate the next generation of guitarists…

For the past 18 months, the 40-year-old Mexican musician and lead guitarist of Maná has been working hard to build a guitar school in his hometown of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Vallín will offer students a first-rate musical education with guitar stars of every genre as visiting professors.

“These kids are hungry to play, so I want to give them a space with the best infrastructure and the best programs,” Vallin said. “I spent 10 years with another (charity) program, but now I’m going independent and launching what will be a school for guitar. The notion is to teach all styles: flamenco, jazz, blues, classical. And in addition to the classes at the school I want to bring to my city great musicians; not just guitarists, but great instrumentalists,” he added.

Located in a historic building, the completely remodeled school will be adorned with paintings and murals by some of Latin America’s premiere artists.

“[Cuban painter] Waldo Saavedra made a painting of a Last Supper that’s amazing,” Vallín told Billboard.com. “And the main room will have a gigantic mural covering the entire ceiling and a wall with all these famous musicians. It’s going to be amazing, amazing, amazing.”