Chico Mann, a time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers, and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.
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 biz 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.
Chico Mann has created a musical time machine that simultaneously fuses the sounds of 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle and Afro Cuban in a hybrid beast of culture and tone. Its the big ‘what if’ Freestyle, Afrobeat & Afro Cuban converged and hit the mainstream for an army of Chicos to pick up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, and Cult Jam, and Exposé left off. Chico’s choruses of multi-layered vocals with funky guitar lines helps to cool off the heat created between the bass and rhythm… creating a unique conversation of color and value that pays homage to the past but raises the bar for the future.
Prize and Rules
Simply tweet to the @musicemissions Twitter account “I want the Chico tix!”
Each winner and a friend will gain access into the show on July 11th at Los Globos in Los Angeles, CA. The doors will open the day of the show at 8 PM.
*The contest begins Tuesday, July 2nd at 4PM PST and ends 11 PM PST, Tuesday, June 9th.
**Must be a resident of Los Angeles or surrounding areas, not responsible for travel and/or accommodations.
***The winners must be at least 21 years of age and show a valid ID to pick up the tickets.