Chico Mann is the alter ego of guitarist Marcos Garcia, of the Daktaris and Antibalas.
He was a founding member of both bands. As Mann, he is a solo artist and producer.
Mann/Garcia grew up the son of Cuban émigrés -- his mother was a pianist and disc jockey; his father a record label boss and producer of merengue records. Surrounded by music, Mann soaked up the influences of salsa -- particularly Willie Colón's bands -- early hip-hop (in particular the genre-blurring sounds of Afrika Bambaataa and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam), and Fela Kuti. He took up piano, guitar, and breakdancing in earnest.
Mann's own interests could not be restricted to those of his band, however. He released Manifest Tone, Vol. 1 in 2007, on which he played all instruments, produced, and sang -- all the vocals were in Spanish and melded Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and soul sounds with Afrobeat. His next offering, Analog Drift, appeared on Wax Poetic in 2010 to positive reviews internationally. Here, salsa, Afrobeat, proto-hip-hop-soul, and the sounds of DJ culture came together in a frenetic, infectious gumbo. Mann released the Hanukkah single "Light of Love (featuring Alecia Chakour)" in December of 2012 via his Bandcamp page. His third album, Magical Thinking, was released by Miles Cleret's Soundway label in March of 2013. In 2017, Mann teamed up with world-traveling Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Captain Planet for the funky and eclectic Night Visions, which was issued via Bastard Jazz Recordings. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi