Mana is a three-time Grammy Award and four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning
Mexican rock band from Guadalajara whose career has spanned almost three decades. Their
sound ranges from hard rock to mellow Latin pop with additional influences from calypso and
In 1998, Mana were invited by Carlos Santana to collaborate on his album Supernatural. One of the tracks "Corazon Espinado" was composed by Mana bandmember, Fher Olvera. This gave them exposure in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. They also appeared on the Grammy Award presentations, the Tonight Show, and in an MTV live concert.
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Mana was first organized in 1980 under the name of Sombrero Verde (Green Hat). The band began by singing covers in English, but then added Spanish numbers to their repertoire. In 1981, they recorded their first album, Sombrero Verde. Their second album, A Ritmo de Rock appeared in 1983. The group reorganized under the name of Mana (meaning "supernatural force" in Polynesia) with Fher Olvera as lead vocalist, brothers Juan Diego and Ulises Calleros on bass and lead guitar, respectively, and Alex "El Animal" Gonzalez, a young American-born Cuban-Colombian on drums. They released their first eponymous album for Polygram in 1986.
Unhappy with the direction Polygram was taking them, Mana switched labels to Warner Music. The group's first album under Warner was Falta Amor, which was released in 1990, but did not become a hit until the following year. The first track from that album "Rayando el Sol" became their first hit single. They began to tour, performing more than 250 times in Mexico, and abroad in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
After some lineup changes, the band released a number of successful albums throughout the 1990s earning them multiple Grammy Awards and critical acclaim. In 2006, after a four-year hiatus, Mana released their sixth album Amar Es Combatir. It reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week, selling over 60,000 copies that week. The single "Labios Compartidos" from the album dominated the charts after it's debut in July 2006 when Mana played the song live at the Premios Juventud.