Manu Chao

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I do not listen to much American hip hop, and even less international hip hop. This is not to say I wouldn't enjoy listening to more, one of my favorite parts of this class is listening to new artists. I haven't taken the time to introduce myself to the non-U.S. hip hop genre yet. A non-U.S. artist I listen to is Manu Chao. He has a lot of work out there, but I was introduced to him by a friend when he was working with Radio Bemba Sound System. The group made music inspired by the street style of music through South America. Most of their songs are in Spanish, and I don't speak Spanish. But I appreciate his popularity is international and that he touches on political topics. He is certainly not hip hop as we have discussed in our class, but he is a beautiful international artist.

The song is called Clandestino, originally in Spanish ( I think), translated by Google.

I'm just going with my grief
Alone goes my sentence
Running is my destiny
To circumvent the law
Lost in the heart
Babylon the great
I say the clandestine
Not to take role

Pa a northern city
I went to work
I left my life
Between Ceuta and Gibraltar
I'm a line in the sea
Ghost in the city
My life is prohibited
Authority says
[Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/manu_chao/clandestino.html]
I'm just going with my grief
Alone goes my sentence
Running is my destiny
Not to take role
Lost in the heart
Babylon the great
I say the clandestine
I am the bankruptcy law

Black Hand clandestine
Peruvian clandestine
African clandestine
Marijuana Illegal

I'm just going with my grief
Alone goes my sentence
Running is my destiny
To circumvent the law
Lost in the heart
Babylon the great
I say the clandestine
Not to take role

Algerian clandestine
Nigerian clandestine
Bolivian clandestine
Manu Negra illegal

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This is an interesting example of how hip hop has influenced other genres. Even though this music sounds nothing like hip-hop, there are actually some elements that are very similar, especially with the political statements and audience participation. Thanks for sharing.

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