Manu Katché

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Manu Katché
Manu Katche by Stuart Mentiply.jpg
Background information
Born (1958-10-27) 27 October 1958 (age 55)
Origin Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, television host
Instruments Drums, percussionist
Associated acts Peter Gabriel, Sting
Website www.manu-katche.com

Manu Katché (born 27 October 1958, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés) is a French musician of Ivorian origin. He is a drummer and songwriter.

Career[edit]

Session musician[edit]

He became known by some in the music world in the mid-1980s mostly thanks to the huge success of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So and his subsequent work with Sting on the albums …Nothing Like the Sun and The Soul Cages. Since then he has been prominently featured in the pop, rock and world music scenes playing with numerous bands and artists, including Afro Celt Sound System, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Tears For Fears, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, Jan Garbarek, Manu Chao, Loreena McKennitt, Youssou N'Dour, Robbie Robertson, Joan Armatrading, Joe Satriani, Tori Amos, Richard Wright, Kyle Eastwood, The Christians, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the aforementioned Peter Gabriel and Sting, with whom he has also toured extensively. Manu has also worked with Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni, a popular Croatian singer, on his albums Mirakul (2001) and Unca Fibre (2006), and has toured with Gibonni supporting the two albums.

He played drums on all tracks except one on Tracy Chapman's 1992 release Matters of the Heart.

With Preface[edit]

Main article: Preface (band)

From 1985 to 1988 he was in the band Preface, with guitar player Kamil Rustam.

Solo[edit]

In 1992, Katché released his first solo album, It's About Time, largely in the rock genre. His subsequent solo releases have all been jazz. He released his second solo album on September 12, 2005 entitled Neighbourhood, which features Jan Garbarek on saxophone, Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, Marcin Wasilewski on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double bass. His second ECM release, Playground was released in September 2007 (see below). In March 2010, Katché released Third Round, again on ECM.

From 2003 to 2007, along with producer Dove Attia, composer André Manoukian and singer Marianne James, he was one of the four judges in the TV-show Nouvelle Star, the French version of Idol series. He was the most feared of them for his wit and his severe judgement about the groove and the rhythm of the singing contestants.

Since January 2008, Katché has hosted the monthly program One Shot Not[1] on Arte.

In 2010 Katché composed the instrumental music for the six themed lands of the Belgian theme park Bellewaerde. An album, with the twelve compositions for the park, including music for the Mexican, western, Indian and Canadian areas, was sold in souvenir shops at the park.

In August 2011 the album Rock the Tabla was released, featuring Manu Katché, Billy Cobham, A.R. Rahman, Hossam Ramzy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

[3]

As sideman[edit]

With Jeff Beck

With Tracy Chapman

With Dire Straits

With Peter Gabriel

With Jan Garbarek

With Herbie Hancock

With Nigel Kennedy

  • Kafka (1996)

With Tony Levin

With Loreena McKennitt

With Joni Mitchell

With Joe Satriani

  • Joe Satriani (1995)
  • The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology (2003)

With Sting

With Louis Bertignac

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One Shot Not | Culture | fr - ARTE". Arte.tv. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ ARC Music Productions International limited. "Hossam Ramzy Presents - The culmination of a 10-year dream". Rock the Tabla. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Discographie - Manu Katché | Manu Katché Website". Manu-katche.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

External links[edit]

Preface
Jean Yves d'Angelo | Manu Katché | Kamil Rustam
Discography
Studio Albums: Palace Hotel | Un an un jour une heure
soundtracks: Black Mic Mac 2