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Manifest Tone
Chico Mann
Soundway Records
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Release Date
April 8, 2013

The Manifest Tone journey began in 2004. During breaks from touring with Antibalas, New York City-born Chico Mann began crafting a more personal sound in his basement studio. A hybrid beast of culture and tone where Fela Kuti and Willie Colon meets Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Afrika Bambaata and Kraftwerk, it lives in a landscape shaped by Africa, Cuba, New York and Miami.

These unique experimentations led to the release of ‘Manifest Tone Volume 1’ in 2006 and eventually morphed into Volumes 2 & 3 that were finished in 2008 and 2010 respectively. What sounds on paper like a meeting of styles past in reality emerges sounding incredibly fresh and original - a unique style Chico Mann has dubbed 'Afro-Freestyle'.

This album represents the choicest cuts from Chico Mann’s ‘Manifest Tone’ Volumes 1-3 that until now were only available digitally.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Say What 6:39 Buy

    Say What

  2. 2 Mayombe 6:11 Buy


  3. 3 Who You Runnin from? 5:29 Buy

    Who You Runnin from?

  4. 4 Govt Issue Id 6:41 Buy

    Govt Issue Id

  5. 5 Dilo Como Yo (Te Están Llamando) 4:15 Buy

    Dilo Como Yo (Te Están Llamando)

  6. 6 Head Hunting 4:53 Buy

    Head Hunting

  7. 7 His Favourite Thing 4:02 Buy

    His Favourite Thing

  8. 8 El Paragua (2010 Edit) 3:35 Buy

    El Paragua (2010 Edit)

  9. 9 Luz 5:19 Buy


  10. 10 Electric Búgalu 3:04 Buy

    Electric Búgalu

  11. 11 Sin Frenos 6:09 Buy

    Sin Frenos

Chico Mann

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