is one of the most visible pop/rock bands on the scene
today. Although they fall much closer to the pop end
of the pop/rock spectrum, they are considered to have
opened the doors for the Rock en Español movement
The band's history goes back to the mid-1970s when
lead singer Fernando Olvera (Fher), Gustavo Orozco
and bass player Juan Calleros along with his brothers
Ulises and Abraham formed a garage band called "Green
Hat Spies". The band started out singing in English,
playing covers of hits by artist like Peter Frampton,
Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.
They changed the band's name to "Sombrero Verde" and
in 1981 released a self-titled album and "A Ritmo
de Rock" in 1983. Abraham and Gustavo, not seeing
a future for the band, left in 1985. Word of advice:
never ask these two for stock tips.
Things began to change when dynamic drummer Alex Gonzalez
was added in 1986. The band changed their name to
Maná and released the once again self-titled
"Mana" in 1988, which went gold. Their follow-up CD,
"Falta Amor" didn't really take off until "Rayando
El Sol" was released as a single two years after the
album's release. The radio-friendly song became a
big hit and the album went on to sell 750,000 copies.
The band continued to rule the charts and airwaves
throught the 90s with "Donde Jugaran Los Ni nos?",
"Cuando Los Angeles Lloran", "Sueños Liquidos"
and their highly successful 1999 MTV Unplugged album.
In 1994, the band added Sergio Vallin on guitar after
two interim members left and the lineup remains the
same to this day. They gained further international
attention in 1999 with their collaboration with rock
legend Carlos Santana on the song "Corazon Espinado"
from Santana's CD "Supernatural". Their followup CD
in 2002 "Revolución de Amor" also included
collaborations with Santana as well as Ruben Blades
The members of the band often speak out about such
issues as environmental protection and Chiapas. In
1995, the band started the non-profit foundation Selva
Negra to fund several projects including protecting
the Pacific Coastline, saving turtles threatened with
extinction and providing food to needy communities.
Fher (Lead Vocalist)
Real Name: José Fernando Emilio Olvera Sierra
Birthplace: Puebla, Puebla (Mexico)
Birthday: December 8, 1959
Alex Gonzalez (Drums)
Real Name: Alejandro González Trujillo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida (his parents are Cuban)
Birthday: February 24, 1969
Sergio Vallin (Guitar)
Birthplace: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Birthday: May 26, 1972
Juan Diego Calleros Ramos (Bass)
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Birthdate: April 19, 1962