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Manu Chao - Bloody Bloody Border (Lyric Video)

Manu Chao - Bloody Bloody Border (Lyric Video)

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Manu Chao - Bloody Bloody Border (Lyric Video)
Listen to Bloody Bloody Border: https://manuchao.lnk.to/BBB
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Video direction: Femme Fatale Studio
Head of creation: Arnaud Desjardins
Artistic director & motion design: Benjamin Tordjmann & David Bassenne
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Bloody Bloody Border
Written by Manu Chao
Published by Radio Bemba
Produced by Manu Chao and Renaud Letang
Mixed by Renaud Letang

Manu Chao: vocals, guitars and programmations
Gambeat: bass
Madjid Fahem: guitars
Renaud Letang: additional programmations, bass and percussions
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Released in 1998, at the cross-fade of the millenium, many senses with Clandestino, Manu Chao’s first solo album, a celebration and defence of the displaced and immigrants, that mixed a European and South American perspective in an era of more globalised pop music.

A couple of decades later, the album is being re-released, with three added tracks including a re-working of the title song with veteran Trinidadian feminist Calypso Rose, a friend who Manu met at the Trinidad Carnival, who sings new words about being stranded at sea « the land in front don’t want me, the land behind me burns ». The song has, sadly, even more relevance and urgency than when it was first recorded.

Bloody Bloody Border, released today, is an original, sung in English. It’s a deceptively jolly singalong tune with a hint of cowboy twang about the appalling conditions of migrant camps in Arizona, after Manu visited the state on tour.

Roadies Rules is from the Clandestino sessions, reworked by the original sonic co-pilots Manu and Renaud Letang. It’s an autobiographical blues about being suicidal on the road somewhere, in the middle of nowhere « No reason to wake up for another day ». Woozy hungover Mexican brass adds to the sense of disorientation and despair.

Manu Chao remains one the most elusive of stars, to be seen busking in a local bar or playing a squat as often any high profile gigs. There have been no album releases since La Radiolina in 2007, despite flying under the radar, there have been hundreds of gigs, sometimes in new countries for Manu like India, and scores of songs written, a few released like Seeds of Freedom, Words of Truth or like the home-made tracks from Ti.po.ta, a duo consisting of him and Greek singer-actress Klelia Renesi.

As the line had it on one of the most important, autobiographical songs on Clandestino, Desaparecido – "the disappearing one ... hurry[ing] down the lost highway ... When they look for me I'm not there, When they find me, I'm elsewhere”.
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Manu Chao’s socials:
Website: http://po.st/ManuChaoWebsite
Twitter: http://po.st/ManuChaoTwitter
Facebook: http://po.st/ManuChaoFacebook
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manuchaoofficial/

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