For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.org
Washington D.C. – Following decades of worldwide service and advocacy, MANÁ, Latin America’s most influential band, has launched their first-ever local social impact initiative as part of the second leg of their wildly successful US tour. Mi Familia Vota has been announced as a core partner, among other national advocacy and voter registration groups.
Mi Familia Vota will promote civic participation and register voters at concerts in some of the states where we have operations: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. Our organizers will be on the floor of these concerts, ensuring that Latinos have the information and the opportunity to make their voices heard engaging in civic participation.
Fher Olvera, lead singer of MANÁ, released the following statement in response to this announcement:
“At the heart of MANÁ is the belief that our music can be a vehicle for social good. Our concerts are a celebration of life and hope where all are welcome. Through this initiative, we want to do tangible good in the communities where we perform by highlighting and financially supporting organizations that are striving to help the Latino community.”
Héctor Sánchez Barba, the President and CEO of Mi Familia Vota, said:
“MANÁ has long been the gold standard for advocacy in Rock en Español, taking principled stands on issues critical to the Latino community. We are honored to partner with the band in their latest initiative. We look forward to the work ahead, we know that an educated and engaged Latino community can make all the difference in politics to advance our priorities as a community”
MANÁ will donate a portion of show proceeds from the second leg of their México Lindo y Querido tour to chosen local service organizations providing need-based services and advocating for structural change.
The effort will kick off in September, with a portion of the show proceeds from their Texas shows funding The Maite Yuleana Rodriguez Memorial scholarship in honor of the tragic loss of 10-year-old Maite and her classmates at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School shooting.
The tour will start in Houston Texas on September 1st then continue on to Las Vegas, San José, Sacramento, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Newark, Orlando, Austin, San Diego, Phoenix, and Fresno, and finishes in Los Angeles.
About MANÁ Considered the most influential Latin rock band in the world, MANÁ began in 1986 when four friends from Guadalajara, Mexico came together to fuse new rock sounds with Latin and Caribbean rhythms. The group includes Fher Olvera as lead singer, guitarist, and main composer; Alex González on drums, Sergio Vallín on lead guitar, and Juan Calleros on bass. The group released their first album, Falta Amor in 1990. In 1992, they released ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños? which became the best-selling Spanish-language rock album of all time.
MANÁ is one of the highest selling Latin touring acts of all time and has sold millions of copies around the world with 11 albums of original songs along and several live albums and compilations. 4 Grammy Awards, 9 Latin Grammys including 2018- Person of the Year, 23 Billboard Latin Awards are some of MANÁ’s many accolades including their handprints on the Hollywood Rockwalk and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making them the first Spanish-language rock band to receive that honor. In 2022, the band began a historic residency at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, CA which to date has totalled 16 sold-out shows.
MANÁ’s influence spans beyond music. In addition to their social impact program, for 28 years, the Selva Negra Ecological Foundation has been the band’s social arm, combining conservation and environmental rescue with soci
al development. Throughout their career, the band has been a vocal advocate for issues impacting their fans around the globe. Earlier this year, MANÁ supported the community of Pajaro after they suffered catastrophic floods. In 2021, Fher Olvera joined as the face of the “We Are Home” campaign calling for a fair and dignified immigration policy for the millions of Latino immigrants living in the US and again with Dr. Anthony Fauci in a call for the US Latino population to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
About Mi Familia Vota: Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas.
About Mi Familia Vota: Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas.