Creative Collaborators: Rich Medina, Vinia Mohica
Institution Affiliations: DubSpot
Expertise: 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle & Afro Cuban, Electronic, Vintage Keyboards
Current Work: New Antibalas Album, Chico Mann Tour
Marcos Garcia aka Chico Mann grew up in a musical family in New York and New Jersey. His father was the owner of a Latin record label based in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and a young Chico observed the ins & outs of the biz while practicing his guitar and piano. It was then that he began to propagate his deep musical roots with such influences as Afrika Bambaataa, Lisa Lisa, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz and Fela Kuti.
Ignoring his father’s advice to stay out of the business, he found his voice at age 12 and began his journey into sound. Since then Chico Mann has created a musical time machine that has become the big ‘what if’ 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle & Afro Cuban music converged and hit the mainstream, picking up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, Cult Jam, and Exposé left off and sparking a unique conversation of color and value that pays homage to the past while raising the bar for the future…