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"Mala Vida" is the second single[1] by French rock group Mano Negra, appearing on their 1988 debut album Patchanka. Written by lead singer Manu Chao, the song also appeared on a 1984 demo tape of the same name by Hot Pants, a predecessor to Mano Negra. "Mala Vida" was an early hit for Mano Negra[2] and became a staple of the band's live shows[3] and has been covered by several artists. The song has also been performed by Chao as a solo artist; a live performance of the song by Chao was recorded for his 2002 album Radio Bemba Sound System. Boucherie Productions, who published Patchanka, financed a music video for the song, which received airplay on national radio stations and TV channels in France.[4] Mano Negra's success with the release of "Mala Vida" led the band to a contract with Virgin.[1]

"Mala Vida"
Song by Mano Negra
from the album Patchanka
Released1988 (1988)
GenreFrench rock
Latin Alternative
Rock en Español
LabelBoucherie Productions/Virgin France S.A.
Songwriter(s)Manu Chao
Producer(s)Mano Negra
Patchanka track listing
  1. "Mano Negra"
  2. "Ronde de Nuit"
  3. "Baby You're Mine"
  4. "Indios de Barcelona"
  5. "Rock Island Line"
  6. "Noche de Accion"
  7. "Darling Darling"
  8. "Killin' Rats"
  9. "Mala Vida"
  10. "Takin' It Up"
  11. "La Ventura"
  12. "Lonesome Bop"
  13. "Bragg Jack"
  14. "Salga la Luna"

Cover versionsEdit

Notable cover versions of "Mala Vida" include:


  1. ^ a b Gebesmair, Andreas (2002). "Hybrids in the Global Economy of Music". In Steingress, Gerhard (ed.). Songs of the Minotaur: Hybridity and Popular Music in the Era of Globalization. Münster: LIT Verlag. p. 15. ISBN 3825863638. OCLC 51169913. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. ^ Data, Juan (13 December 2010). "Video: Nouvelle Vague covers Manu Chao at airport". Remezcla. Mosaico Media. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ Nickson, Chris. "Patchanka - Mano Negra". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ Lebrun, Barbara (2009). Protest Music in France: Production, Identity and Audiences. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. p. 31. ISBN 075469464X. OCLC 432995828. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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