Chico Mann: Short Film & Video


Chico Mann
Time-traveling multi-instrumentalist-producer Chico Mann (aka Marcos Garcia) has just unveiled a new short film for the track "Say What" from the 2006 Kindred Spirits release Manifest Tone Vol. 1. Produced by HJ Films and directed by Hasan McLendon, this hilarious, here-I-come-to-save-the-day video showcases the best of Chico's singular style, simultaneously fusing 1970s Afrobeat rhythms with 1980s freestyle and Afro Cuban music in a hybrid beast of culture and tone that Turntable Lab calls "The future of music, in case you didn't know." Check out the video here.

Chico's latest video for the track "Ya Yo Se" can be viewed here and is also available as a free download on the Chico Mann band camp page here.

Chico has also taken a new and widely popular approach for the next release Trickster for Kids, offering fans the opportunity to have a hand in its creation through the Kickstarter funding platform. By pledging anywhere from $15 to $5,000, support for the album gets you everything from special merchandise to the complete Chico Mann catalog, dinner with Chico, a special DJ set and even producer or executive producer album credit at the highest pledge levels. The response has been great thus far but there is still a little ways to go to get the album mixed, mastered and pressed. If you are digging the tunes and want to help out visit Chico on Kickstarter here and lend a hand.

Last but not least, Chico was commissioned to design a track for Beaterator, the new world-class mixer for the PSP and PlayStation Network developed by Rockstar Games and super-producer Timbaland. Gamers get ready, it's about to get funky. Stay tuned for future collaborations with Mexicans With Guns (Texas), Blundetto (France), and Professor Wouassa (Switzerland), but for now you can download the track, titled "The Selector," here.

About Chico Mann:
Chico Mann grew up in a musical family in New York and New Jersey. His father was the owner of a Latin record label based in Hell's Kitchen in New York City, and a young Chico observed the ins & outs of the business while practicing his guitar and piano. It was then that he began to propagate his deep musical roots with such influences as Afrika Bambaata, Lisa Lisa, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz and Fela Kuti. Ignoring his father's advice to stay out of the business, he found his voice at age 12 and began his journey into sound. Since then Chico Mann has created a musical time machine - one that has become the big "what if freestyle, Afrobeat & Afro Cuban converged and hit the mainstream?" - picking up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, Cult Jam, and Exposé left off.

Chico's 2008 self released LP Analog Drift: Muy...Esniqui is available here.

[Published on: 11/16/09]

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