- Greg Schelonka
Mexican pop-rock band. The group was formed in 1978 by Fher (José Fernando Olvera), Gustavo Orozco, Juan Diego Calleros, Ulises Calleros, and Abraham Calleros. Initially they were known as Sombrero Verde and released two albums. They added the Cuban-Colombian drummer Alex González and became Maná with their eponymous 1987 album, promoted as part of the Rock en tu Idioma (Rock in Your Language) movement. They did not achieve commercial success until 1991 with “Rayando el sol” (Scratching the Sun). They became a key part in the Rock en tu Idioma movement with their later success, primarily due to their commercial appeal. Their breakthrough came in 1992 with the release of ¿Dónde jugarán los niños? (Where would the kids play?). They have continued to have commercial success and have won four Latin Grammy Awards, despite criticism that their music lacks innovation and focuses on mass appeal. Their lyrics include political themes, such as a tribute to Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendes in “Cuando los ángeles lloran” (When the Angels Cry). In ...