|Since 1986, Maná has been bringing a unique flavor of Latin pop rock to audiences worldwide. Considered one of the best-selling recording and touring acts in Latin music history, Maná has released both gold and platinum records in their native Mexico. Experience the music and performance that has earned Maná over 47 No.1 hits globally and at least four Grammy awards. Buy your Maná tickets now!
Maná was one of the first major Latin bands to bring rock in Spanish to a wide audience in the region. Despite there being avid rock fans in Latin America in the 1980s, musicians in the region were slow to begin performing the genre, mostly covering English-language songs in Spanish. Maná helped shape the rock scene by composing original songs based on their own experience.
Maná got its start in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The original members featured singer Fher Olvera, guitarist Ulises Calleros, bassist Juan Diego Calleros and drummer Alex González, who named the band Maná based on the Polynesian term meaning “positive energy.”
Maná released their first album, Falta Amor, with Time Warner in 1992. Though the album took some time to catch on, the hit song “Rayando El Sol” helped the band gain popularity. Shortly after the debut of their first album, Ulises Calleros left the lineup to become the band’s manager, and keyboardist Iván González and guitarist Cesar Lopez joined the band.
In 1994, Maná released the album, Donde Jugaran los Niños?, which made the band an international Latin rock sensation. This album featured standout songs including “Vivir sin Aire” and “Oye Mi Amor.” En Vivo was the band’s next album, which was released in 1995 featuring a new guitarist, Sergio Vallin.
Perhaps one of the most important moments in the band’s career was when Maná appeared on Carlos Santana's record, Supernatural, with the song “Corazón Espinado,” following the release of the album Sueños Liquidos in 1997. In 2002, Carlos Santana performed on Maná's album, Revolución de Amor, which earned the band a Grammy for Best Latin/Alternative Album. Between 2002 and 2011, Maná released three more records and performed a world tour that sold 12 million tickets.
After taking a break for a few years, Maná released the hit song “Mi Verdad,” which featured a duet between singer Shakira and Olvera. Their album, Cama Incendiada, was released in April 2015.
The Selva Negra Foundation
Maná decided to use their musical success to address environmental issues that affected their home country, Mexico. In 1995 Maná founded the Selva Negra Foundation to fund and support environmental initiatives, including employing a full-time staff of marine biologists and workers involved in rescuing endangered turtles off the coast of Mexico. The Selva Negra Foundation also aimed to address reforestation issues in Mexico.
Awards and acclaim
Aside from creating over 47 No. 1 hits globally and winning the Premio Los Nuestro at least 15 times, Maná has won dozens of Billboard awards for their hit songs. The band’s sixth studio album, Amar Es Combatir, became the highest charting debut for a Spanish-language album by a group on the Billboard 200, and their 2011 album, Drama y Luz, made the Billboard Top 5 and eventually reached the No. 1 spot.