Maná is a pop rock and latin rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco whose career has spanned more than three decades. They have earned three Grammy Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards, five MTVVideo Music Awards Latin America, four Premios Juventud awards, nineBillboard Latin Music Awards and 13 Premios Lo Nuestro awards. Their sound has been described as drawing on pop rock, Latinpop, calypso, reggae and ska. They initially received international commercial success in Australia and Spain and have since gained popularity and exposure in the US, Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.Their worldwide sales stand at more than 25 million albums as of 2011.
The group was formed in 1978 by José Fernando "Fher" Olvera (vocalist), Gustavo Orozco (electric guitar) and the CallerosBrothers: Juan Diego (bass), Ulises (electric guitar) and Abraham Calleros (drums). They initially formed to playcover versions of songs by artists they admired. They called themselves The Green Hat Spies,but soon shortened this to Green Hat, and then, focusing on their Latin roots and Spanish-language repertoire, to Sombrero Verde (the Spanish translation of Green Hat).
In 1981 they released theirfirst album called Sombrero Verde, with the Ariola label. It included the singles "Vampiro," "Professor," "Long Time" and "Despiértate."
Their second album, a collaboration with Cisne Raff, wascalled A Tiempo de Rock and was released in 1983. Singles included "Laura," "Hechos Nada Más" and "Me Voy al Mar".
In 1984, Gustavo Orozco and Abraham Calleros left the group. They postedan ad in a newspaper for a drummer and found Alex González. Unhappy with the direction their label Polygram Records was taking them, they switched labels toWarner Music. The group's first album underWarner was Falta Amor, which was released in 1990, but did not become a hit until the following year. The third track from that album "Rayando el Sol" became their first hit single. They began to...