José Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao Ortega, más conocido como Manu Chao, París, 21 de junio de 1961) es un cantautor francés de ascendencia española. Canta en francés, español, inglés, gallego, portugués, y ocasionalmente en otros idiomas. Manu Chao made a pilgrimage as a young man to Canvey Island, Essex, see his musical heroes, Doctor Feelgood. He once bought an old train and, in the company of clowns and a fire-breathing dragon called Roberto, took it round Colombia, playing to audiences of peasants, guerrillas and drug traffickers. He has made an album with the patients of a mental hospital in Buenas Aires. He produced an album by a middle-aged blind couple from Mali that sold half a million copies. He has always on the side of the underdog, the oppressed and the dispossessed, especially in Latin America. He is shy but has performed in front of an audience of 100,000 people in Mexico. And he has written some great songs.