Manu Chao was born in Paris to a Galician father and a Basque mother. As he himself says, if in his home there had been a football, now he would be playing soccer, but there was a guitar, instead as well as many visiting refugees: intellectuals, singers, composers, painters...all fleeing south American dictatorships. Manu decided to leave Europe and begin a long pilgrimage through Africa and Latin America, taking along a recording studio that would fit in his rucksack. Such trips allowed him to collect fragments of sounds, cultures and diverse impressions which he brought together in his first solo work: Clandestino. Recorded with the collaboration of many friends, this intimate record was conceived as a compilation of life snapshots not meant for a larger public. Its more than two million copies sold without any sort of promotion were to prove the contrary. Melancholy rhythms, love poetry and melodies that lure the hearer into dance follow each other without pause in this unique album. With two tours through Lost America and a larger number of un-official than official concerts, Manu has mixed a variety of worldbeat, reggae and rock sounds together with a constant message of optimism and hope delivered with incredible energy on stage.