Mano Negra (Black Hand) were a French band formed in 1986 in Paris and disbanded in 1995. Their music was a mix of punk rock, flamenco, ska, raï, salsa, reggae and African rhythms….interesting. There was certainly enough of them !
An 8-piece comprising of Manu Chao (Oscar Tramor) – lead vocals, rhythm guitar,Antoine Chao (Tonio Del Borño) – trumpets, vocals, , Santiago Casariego (Santi El Águila) – drums, vocals, Philippe Teboul (Garbancito) – percussion, vocals, Daniel Jamet (Roger Cageot) – lead guitar, vocals,Joseph Dahan (Jo) – bass, vocals, Thomas Darnal (Helmut Krumar) – keyboards, vocals and Pierre Gauthé (Krøpöl 1er) – trombone, vocals.
“King Kong Five” is certainly catchy, released in ’86 it has plenty of dubby elements and seems to have been an international hit
“Soledad” and it’s organ riff will please Inspiral Carpets fans. With an Oompah instrumental break!
– parent problems, both are elderly and now my Dad has Covid and is in hospital so doing this is quite therapeutic.
Amber (Marie Claire Cremers) is a singer from Germany, signed to Tommy Boy records, she eventually set up her own label to release stuff.
This was released in 1996 and was produced by brothers Christian and Frank Be(e)rman(n) with mixes by Junior Vasquez.
Very Snap!-like it’s Euro Disco original form. Vasquez adds some Disco touches with plenty of piano. The “1018 mix” is more synthpop with some acidic sequencers and plenty of drops. DJ Enrie is a bit more percussive House music stylee.
Driving bass and plenty of synths on this bit of Euro Disco from ’86.
Formed in 1984, the group was known for their songs full of sexual innuendo and live shows in sexy clothing. Involving 3 Glamour Models; Cecilia de Bruin, Laura Fygi and Rowan Moore (all Centrefold Models for Dutch Playboy) were under the guidance (literally) of Dutch producer Onno Vandelaak, I had to look him up l.
This was remixed by Rutger “Rutti” Kroese who gives it a bit of welly and drive (“Trapped”) even though the lyrics are not up to much. As you can see it is all about a dictator machine not a despot !