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MANEL Palau de la Música Catalana.jpg
Manel at the Palau de la música catalana in 2010
Background information
Origin Barcelona, Spain
Genres Pop, folk, indie
Years active 2007 - present
Labels Discmedi
Website Official page
Members Arnau Vallvé
Martí Maymó
Roger Padilla
Guillem Gisbert

Manel is an indie pop band from Barcelona who sing in Catalan. They released their first album in 2008. They describe their musical style as a synthesis of pop and folk music.[1][2][3] Critics have linked their style to that of other Catalan-speaking musicians such as Pau Riba, Jaume Sisa, and Antònia Font.[2][4][5]


Guillem Gisbert.
Martí Maymó.
Roger Padilla.
Arnau Vallvé.

The members of Mãe do Manel met while attending Costa i Llobera school in Barcelona.[1] They first came to public attention as finalists in the 2007 Sona9 music competition, in which they were awarded the Premi Joventut. With the prize money they were able to cover the production costs of their debut album,[1][6]

Els millors professors europeus[edit]

Els millors professors europeus (The Best European Professors), whose title alludes to a lyric of the song Pla quinquennal. The album, recorded at Estudis Nòmada 57 between June and October 2007 and produced by Discmedi, was released the following year to critical acclaim.[3][4][5][7][8][9]

The Catalan magazine Enderrock pronounced it the best pop-rock album of the year.[10] In its issue of January 2009, Rockdelux described it as the third best Spanish album of the previous year, while the magazine MondoSonoro rated it the seventh-best.[11]

The video for Dona estrangera, directed by Sergi Pérez Mañas, was awarded the prize for best video at the 2008 Cinemad festival.[12]

Apart from the songs featured on Els millors professors europeus, the group's repertoire includes cover versions of No t'enyoro by Els Pets,[13] La Tortura by Shakira, and Common People by Pulp.[14]

It wasn't long until Manel became a sociocultural phenomenon in the Catalan-speaking world, giving rise to a considerable number of new Catalan-speaking pop groups, among whom, distinguished by the sales numbers they have achieved, are Els amics de les arts.[15][16] [17]

Els millors professors europeus went gold, selling more than 30 000 copies.[18]

10 milles per veure una bona armadura[edit]

Their second album, from which two songs (Aniversari and Boomerang) were released in February 2011, went on sale on 15 March 2011 titled 10 milles per veure una bona armadura. In ten days, it became the best-selling album in Spain.[19] The title comes from a phrase pronounced by Kenneth Branagh in Much Ado about Nothing. In its first week, it sold more than 10,000 copies and reached number 1 on the CD sales chart in Spain, something which hadn't happened with a Catalan disc in more than 15 years.[20] This second album was also released on vinyl.

Atletes, baixin de l'escenari[edit]

Atletes, baixin de l'escenari (in English, Athletes, get off the stage) is the third studio album by the Spanish group Manel, published by and distributed by Warner Music in CD, vinyl and digitally. The album was released on 16 April 2013. In its first week, the album reached number one on Promusicae billboards in Spain selling more than 10,000 copies.[21]

Jo competeixo[edit]

On March 1, 2016, Manel announced through a press release the release of a fourth Studio album, entitled Jo competeixo, which was released on the 8th of April and consisted of eleven songs, recorded between November and December 2015.



  • Jo competeixo (2016)
No. Title Length
1. "Les cosines" 4:18
2. "Cançó del dubte" 3:42
3. "Arriba l'alba a Sant Petersburg" 6:17
4. "La serotonina" 4:13
5. "Temptacions de Collserola" 5:39
6. "M'hi vaig llançar" 3:40
7. "L'espectre de Maria Antonieta" 3:11
8. "BBVA" 5:45
9. "Sabotage" 4:18
10. "Avança, vianant" 5:38
11. "Jo competeixo" 8:34
  • Atletes, baixin de l'escenari (2013)
No. Title Length
1. "Ai, Yoko" 3:36
2. "Vés, bruixot!" 4:10
3. "Ja era fort" 2:59
4. "Banda de rock" 3:08
5. "Deixar-te un dia" 4:11
6. "Mort d'un heroi romàntic" 5:26
7. "Imagina't un nen" 2:35
8. "Teresa Rampell" 5:30
9. "A veure què en fem" 4:57
10. "Desapareixíem lentament" 3:21
11. "Quin dia feia, amics..." 3:59
12. "Fes-me petons" 4:38
13. "Un directiu em va acomiadar" 3:19
  • 10 milles per veure una bona armadura (2011)
No. Title Length
1. "Benvolgut" 4:15
2. "La cançó del soldadet" 3:57
3. "El gran salt" 3:21
4. "Boomerang" 5:07
5. "La bola de cristall" 4:11
6. "Aniversari" 4:29
7. "Flor groga" 3:57
8. "Criticarem les noves modes de pentinats" 6:06
9. "El Miquel i L'Olga tornen" 3:39
10. "Deixa-la, Toni, deixa-la" 6:22
  • Els millors professors europeus (2008)
No. Title Length
1. "En la que el Bernat se't troba" 4:19
2. "Avís per a navegants" 2:46
3. "Ai, Dolors" 3:19
4. "Pla quinquennal" 2:58
5. "Roma" 3:45
6. "Captatio benevolentiae" 4:19
7. "Nit freda per ser abril" 4:21
8. "Al mar!" 3:28
9. "Els quapos són els raros" 3:38
10. "Dona estrangera" 3:59
11. "Ceràmiques Guzmán" 3:23
12. "Corrandes de la parella estable" 7:15

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Diario El País, ed. (16 November 2008). "Manel presenta credenciales" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b, ed. (10 December 2008). "Manel i els millors professors europeus" (in Catalan). Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Diario El Mundo, ed. (12 December 2008). "El 'pop-folk' de barretina" (in Catalan). Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Mandarina Magazine, ed. (15 December 2008). "Manel – Els millors professors europeus". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  5. ^ a b (ed.). "Manel: 'Els millors professors europeus'" (in Catalan). Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  6. ^, ed. (22 November 2007). "Ells sí que es diuen Manel!" (in Catalan). Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  7. ^ El Periódico, ed. (9 January 2009). "Manel o la fugaz ilusión de un mundo en orden" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Joan S. Luna (14 November 2008). MondoSonoro, ed. "Disco de Manel, Els millors professors europeus" (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  9. ^ González, Abel (23 March 2009). Diario Público, ed. "El boom del pop en catalán" (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  10. ^ Revista Enderrock, ed. (31 December 2008). "Les cançons tel·lúriques de Roger Mas, millor disc de l'any segons la crítica" (in Catalan). Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  11. ^ Revista MondoSonoro (ed.). "Resumen discos 2008" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  12. ^ Cinemad 08. XIV Festival de cine independiente y de culto (ed.). "Palmarés" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  13. ^ Canal de Manel en Youtube, ed. (17 January 2009). "Manel – No t'enyoro". Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Diario El País, ed. (30 September 2009). "Fenómeno musical en catalán" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "10 milles per veure una bona armadura". Mondosonoro. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  16. ^ Linés, Esteban (28 February 2011). "El porqué del nuevo pop catalán". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  17. ^ González, Abel (23 March 2009). "El boom del pop en catalán". Público. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Disc d'Or per a Manel" (in Catalan). 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Manel fa història convertint-se en el primer grup català que es situa en el número 1 de vendes de l'Estat". 
  20. ^ "El disco más vendido en España se canta en catalán por primera vez en 15 años". El Mundo. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "Lista Promusicae: Lo más vendido de la semana en España". 24 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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