Manu Chao entertains music lovers

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 13,2020


Manu Chao, right, along with his troupe performs at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday. — Sony Ramany

French-Spanish artiste Manu Chao and his troupe entertained music lovers of Dhaka at a solo concert held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.

The programme titled ‘Silberie Metait Contee’ was organised by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in association with the French embassy in Dhaka marking the 50th anniversary of ‘Francophonie’, an international organisation representing countries and regions where French is a customary language.

Alliance Francaise de Dhaka director Olivier Dintinger gave the welcome speech at the programme.

‘Manu Chao is a French musician of Spanish origin. He sings in Spanish, French, English, Italian, Galician, Portuguese and other languages. He has performed in various countries across the globe. Today’s programme aims to promote cultural exchange between Bangladesh and France,’ said Olivier Dintinger. Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos, which combined a variety of languages and musical styles.

He entertained the audience rendering songs from his popular albums.

He rendered songs like La Vida Tómbola, Me llaman Calle, La Trampa, Bongo Bong, Je ne t’aime plus and others to the delight of the houseful audience. ‘I came to the concert with friends and we all had a great time. It is not every day that we get to attend concerts featuring foreign artistes in Dhaka. I thank Alliance Francaise de Dhaka for arranging the programme,’ Samantha Haq, an audience, told New Age.

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