Reggae Tribute to Maná

New York City, USA – CMH/Snake Machine Records has released

Destinacion Maná: Tributo A Maná
, a tribute to the
popular Mexican band. Joe Ferry, the producer, comments: “Maná had long been one of my favorite bands when CMH/Snake Machine
Records asked my business partner, Charlie Dahan, and I to produce the
tribute CD. I find the melodies written by the group to be first rate
and easily lend themselves to interpretation
.”Maná is known for its fusion of Latin pop, reggae, and rock, a musical
sensation in their homeland of Mexico and now Rock En Español’s foremost
ambassadors to the United States. Ferry gives more details about the project: “I had been entertaining
the idea of writing reggae arrangements of Mana classics like “Cuando Los
Angeles Lloran” for quite some time; the CMH/Snake Machine project was
the perfect vehicle for such takes. Charlie and I have produced a number well-known reggae and ska CDs
including Hi-Bop Ska by the legendary Jamaican group, The Skatalites.

This genre is deeply rooted in our souls. We were introduced to the
music and taught its subtleties by its pioneers: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Prince Buster, Monty Alexander, Toots and The
Maytals. McCook used to say to me, “If the melody is strong, the ska
will swing.” He was, of course, absolutely right. The melodies written
by Olvera and Gonzalez are brilliant, accessible yet profound. They
bounce atop the reggae and ska beats, just like McCook said they would.

It was of paramount importance that the vocal performances respect the
originals sung by Maná. Inflections and pronunciations had to be
perfect, soulful. For that, only the best multi-lingual singers in New
York could be trusted. Three were chosen: Amanda Homi, Abigail Velazquez
and Jenny O. These three women each possess the God-given talent to
combine precision and passion. The arrangements contained on Tributo A
come to life through rich voices of Amanda Homi, Abigail Velazquez
and Jenny O


Destinacion Maná: Tributo A Maná

Author: World Music Central News Department

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