Album of the day "Clandestino" by Manu Chao. 'Cause I'm the king of Bongo, baby I'm the king of Bongo Bong!

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I think it's about time to write about a refreshing topic to relax a bit from the seriousness of the contest and the curation of the posts. And there is nothing more refreshing than music. That's why today I decided that it's time for a new chapter of my "Album of the day" series. And for this edition I bring an album that, even today, makes me dance and jump when I listen to it as if it was the first time I heard it exactly 23 years ago.

The album "Clandestino" by Manu Chao!


Manu Chao - Clandestino Front Cover

I imagine that many are familiar with the album or at least some of the famous songs from it. Songs like "Bongo Bong", "Desaparecido" and the theme song of the album, "Candestino", are known worldwide. I already knew Manu Chao from his previous band Mano Negra with whom he created hits like "Mala Vida" and "El Señor Matanza". They even gave a concert in Cuba in the early 1990s. I couldn't go because I was too young but I remember seeing the ad on TV and my school teachers talking about the concert.

It was something that attracted a lot of attention because they gave the concert dressed as clowns!


Manu Chao - Clandestino Cover Inside

The band disintegrated in 1995 and in 1998 Manu Chao released his first solo album "Clandestino". At that time one of my best friends (like a brother and still is) was a Mexican named Emiliano and he, on a trip that year to Mexico, brought the CD. I remember that winter we didn't stop listening to it and enjoyed it at all the parties we did.

This is definitely one of those albums that are part of the soundtrack of my life.


Manu Chao - Clandestino Cover Inside Detail 01

Manu Chao - Clandestino Cover Inside Detail 02

There are not many vinyl record releases made of this album. Counting one unofficial (bootleg) release there have been only seven in 23 years. My version is a 2013 French edition with two discs instead of just one as the album was originally released in 1998, mostly to improve the sound reproduction quality.

This version also came with a CD included. Not bad!


Manu Chao - Clandestino Back Cover

Manu Chao - Clandestino Label A Side

I hope that many here feel as identified with the music of this album as I do. Listening to his music is a joy I wish for everyone and that's why I leave a Youtube video with the music from Manu Chao's album, "Clandestino".

Enjoy!



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Uuufff Manu Chao, gracias por compartir este disco, es bueno recordar lo bueno. Clandestinoo ♪♫


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Me alegro mucho que te haya hecho recordar buenos momentos! La música es lo mejor :)

Abrazo!

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De los mejores albums de la historia. Me trajiste gratos recuerdos, gracias!!!


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Me trajiste gratos recuerdos

Te entiendo perfectamente pues me pasa lo mismo cada vez que lo oigo. Es raro (pero lindo) como la música nos puede transportar de esa manera.

Saludos!

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Manu Chao is really cool! I love to listen while I cook on the weekend.


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I can imagine it perfectly!


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Wow! Love soo much Manu Chao. I really desire this vinyl for my collection, and also the Esperanza too. This two albuns are the greatest of this guy! Unfortunately its soo expensive here on Brazil...


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I also have the "Proxima estación Esperanza". I bought both at the same time. A tip, I imagine the CD won't be that expensive. For Europe the vinyl was not so expensive (19 euros), the CD can be had for 5-6 euros.


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Sure, i already have the CD, but, sincerely, i LOVE vinyls LOL. Its so much beautiful, not just about the sound quality, but the size, the details os cover art, etc.


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I listened to the first few minutes of the song you posted. Sounds good 👍
The language is strange to me but luckily I've been introduced to similar sounding songs from the Spanish songs I listen to. Let me recommend my favourite: La Llorona by Angélica Vale y Marco Antonio Solís. One of my favourite songs! (And I'm a Nigerian, we only speak English and our native languages)


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From minute 6:10 there is a song in English :) And it's one of the most famous. He sings in 4 languages on that album.

hahahaha I can't believe you know Marco Antonio Soliz in Nigeria! Nice!


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Manu Chao is nice, I like to hear his songs. There is a lot of latin singers and groups that are nice too. I think people need to listen more music from other countries, especially neighbor, or almost neighbor countries, to understand a little what people think, feel, dream, like, want, and such.


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The best thing about Manu Chao's album is the mix of languages in the songs that allows people from many countries around the world to enjoy it. It is very international. Music is a good language to unite us all!

Cheers!

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Music is a good language to unite us all!

Well said!!


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Full upvote for excellent musical taste. One of my favourite albums.

Thanks! It seems that you also have excellent taste in music. 😎

This album rocks!!!


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Indeed!


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