Manu Katché

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Manu Katché
Background information
Born (1958-10-27) 27 October 1958 (age 65)
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • television host
Manu Katché
(Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2007)

Manu Katché (born 27 October 1958) is a French drummer and songwriter of Ivorian descent. He has worked extensively as a session musician, notably with Sting and Peter Gabriel, and his solo albums as a bandleader are largely in the jazz fusion style.


Session musician[edit]

Katché was born on 27 October 1958 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. He performed on several successful albums in the mid-1980s such as Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So and Sting's …Nothing Like the Sun (1987) and The Soul Cages (1991). Since then, he has been featured in the pop, rock and world music scenes, playing with numerous artists and bands, including: Afro Celt Sound System, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, Laurent Voulzy, Jeanne Mas, Joni Mitchell, Mike Lindup, Jan Garbarek, Claudio Baglioni,[2] Mango, Manu Chao, Loreena McKennitt, Youssou N'Dour, Robbie Robertson, Joan Armatrading, Joe Satriani, Tori Amos, Richard Wright, Kyle Eastwood, the Christians, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tracy Chapman, Dominic Miller and the aforementioned Peter Gabriel and Sting, with whom he has also toured extensively. Manu has also worked with Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni, a Croatian singer, on his albums Mirakul (2001) and Unca Fibre (2006), and has toured with Gibonni supporting the two albums.

With Preface[edit]

From 1985 to 1988 he was in the band Preface, with guitar player Kamil Rustam and keyboardist Jean-Yves D'Angelo.


In 1991, Katché released his first solo album, It's About Time, largely in the rock genre, with guest musicians like Daniel Lanois, David Rhodes, Peter Gabriel, David Sancious, Branford Marsalis and Sting.[3] His subsequent solo releases have all been jazz. He released his second solo album on 12 September 2005 entitled Neighbourhood, which features Jan Garbarek on saxophone, Tomasz Stańko on trumpet, Marcin Wasilewski on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double bass. His second ECM album, Playground was released in September 2007. 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 the Idol series. He was the most feared judge for his wit and his severe judgment about the groove, rhythm and tempo of the singing contestants.[4]

Since January 2008, Katché has hosted the monthly program One Shot Not[5] 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.[6]


Solo albums[edit]


With Tori Amos

With Claudio Baglioni

With Jeff Beck

With Bee Gees

With Louis Bertignac

With Francis Cabrel

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 Dominic Miller

  • Absinthe (ECM, 2019)

With Joni Mitchell

With Robbie Robertson

With Joe Satriani

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

With Simple Minds

With Sting

With Tears for Fears

With Richard Wright

With Paul Young


  1. ^ "Manu Katché Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  2. ^ Claudio Baglioni - Oltre (Un Mondo Uomo Sotto Un Cielo Mago), 1990, retrieved 5 March 2023
  3. ^ "It's About Time - Manu Katché".
  4. ^ "Manu Katché - DRUMMERWORLD". Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  5. ^ "One Shot Not | Culture | fr - ARTE". 19 September 2013. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  6. ^ ARC Music Productions International limited. "Hossam Ramzy Presents - The culmination of a 10-year dream". Rock the Tabla. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Manu Katché Albums and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Discographie - Manu Katché | Manu Katché Website". Retrieved 15 October 2013.

External links[edit]

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