It was only a decade ago that punk/reggae heads were craving to see Manu Chao live in the United States because he was releasing albums we loved, but playing nowhere near the U.S. outside of Tijuana, MX. His shows were few and far between, his website never really worked, but we all held hope. Then he played a North American tour in 2005 and King of the Bongo filled the void political rockers Rage Against The Machine left when they broke up. Well, at least that’s how we saw it.
Now Manu Chao is a few years older, a live album and DVD are under his belt, along with new material in the form of La Radiolina. He’s made himself accessible to the myriad fans that adore what he represents: rebellion, freedom andÂ worldliness.
Currently on a North American tour, Manu Chao is also adding a night at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism to talk about his music, politics and global awareness with USC professor John Kun. The event is part of a larger lecture series ongoing at the school, and it’s strictly for USC students. However, we’re totally going to try and get in. Below, an interview Manu Chao participated in for The Henry Rollins Show.
Free to ALL USC students.
USC Annenberg Auditorium
3502 Watt Way