Manu Chao Launches Benefit Project


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By Blurt Staff


Latin/worldbeat rocker Manu Chao has announced the release
of the La Colifata benefit project. La Colifata is a unique Buenos Aires-based radio station,
broadcast from a psychiatric hospital, and Chao has been working with La Colifata
for five years. He recently produced an album recorded by the station’s
members. (The hospital’s residents, “Los Colifatos,” also appeared in Emir
Kusturiça’s music video for Chao’s “Rainin’ In Paradize,” the breakout track
from his acclaimed 2007 album La
(on the respected Nacional label).


La Colifata is
available now at
Chao and La Colifata launched the website in order to help
the station and hospital with their unique approach. Fans can purchase the
album with a “pay what you want” donation in order to support the hospital in
whatever manner they can afford.

According to La Colifata, it was “created in 1991 as a unique establishment
that uses media (radio/TV) as therapeutic treatment,  somewhere between clinical and social
treatment. It is a resource between the clinical and external worlds that
allows Los Colifatos to recreate the social link with people living outside the


Said Chao, in a statement,La
Colifata is quite a special station as it is broadcast from a psychiatric
hospital. With the help of a few friends, the patients decided to launch
this radio station to express themselves. To relieve everything they have
inside, and to speak to the world. While I met them five or six years ago, the
station has been running this way for more than 15 years. I simply could not
believe it when I read their stories.”


Chao’s label, of the album,
“The project features 20 songs to laugh to, cry to,
meditate to. they’re about life, death, mothers, loneliness, love, tango, the
pope, the end of the world, the sun and crazy grandmas. a crazy trip in this
crazy world.”






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