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Mexican rock band Mana to perform at Obama's inaugural ball

January 18, 2013|By Reed Johnson
  • President Obama and the Mexican rock band Mana, which will perform at his 2013 inaugural ball.
President Obama and the Mexican rock band Mana, which will perform at his… (The White House )

Latino voters supported President Obama by more than 2 to 1 in his second run for the White House, and now Obama is pledging to make comprehensive immigration reform a cornerstone of his second term.

In that context, it's not surprising that Obama's party planners have invited the Mexican pop-rock band Maná to perform at the president's inaugural ball. They'll join a lineup that includes Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry.

The hit-making Guadalajara quartet, which has won multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and is known for graceful rock anthems like "Mariposa Traicionera," supported Obama's re-election bid last fall. Maná also has been politically active in supporting the rights of Mexican migrants to the United States.

Quiz: Who was the first to ride to his inauguration in a car?

Maná has an especially large following in Los Angeles. It holds the record for the most sell-out shows by a single act at the Staples Center.


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