Mother became the first team to be honored as Face of the Year of the Latin Academy of Literature on Wednesday when his four members were honored in a gala concert, full of stars for their creative achievements and charity efforts.
The vocalist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros received a crystal trophy in front of artists, music industry leaders and others at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas on his eve Latin Grammy.
"Mana is a band that has always given everything, the whole heart, the whole soul," Olvera said on stage before recalling the band's humble beginnings and spent the years sleeping in a truck.
“ We are working long, long, until we get to what we make and harvest. We never thought we would play in Israel or play two years ago at the White House. "
More than twelve Latvian artists designed Mana with their greatest successes. Gilberto Santa Rosa sang a version of “ Bendita tu luz & # 39; in salsa, Pablo Alborán made a pop version of “ Rayando el sol & # 39; and Pepe Aguilar was accompanied by Mariachi Sol de México by José Hernández for “ Mariposa traicionera ''.
The Academy has awarded Mana the honor for its highly creative achievements and charitable contributions to the Latino community, as well as for its continued and dedicated support for the preservation and protection of the environment and human rights.
Over the past three decades, the band has used its voice to emphasize environmental, social, political and humanitarian issues around the world through its songs, concerts and social networks in recent years.
It has also promoted the Latin American vote in the United States and Latin America and denounced what it regards as social injustice in countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua or Bolivia.
On Monday, Olvera visited a temporary shelter in the Mexican state of Jalisco where they held members of a Caravan of Central Americans who were trying to reach the US border. He appealed some encouraging energies and sang “ Striking the sun & # 39; and “ The Spring of San Blas.
“ I went to see them. We have been supporting immigrants here in the United States for over 20 years, "said Olvera on the red carpet," We are finally brothers, we are people … We should not be afraid of them … I told them to take care of themselves, I saw babies , I saw children, was sad, but they have many hopes. "
González added that these people would not have migrated "if there was not so much corruption in their countries of origin."
“ No one wants to leave their country, '' said the drummer on the red carpet, "These people escape many very dramatic situations, this is a humanitarian crisis, but we have to help these people in one way or another.
Yes, it is illegal to enter a country, but as Fher says, brothers and sisters, a humanitarian crisis, we have to help them. "
The band created in 1996 the Selva Negra Ecological Foundation, which tries to maintain endangered species, offers educational programs for the environment and contributes and organizes community development programs.
Awarded with six Latin Grammy and four Grammy, Mana is one of the most powerful bands in Latin America. It has more than 133 gold discs, 256 platinum discs and more than 48 numbers 1 in the world. She also has a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The band closed in the evening with their songs "Shared Lips" and "Nailed in a bar.
“ People like you are those who keep this industry moving, '' Aguilar said in the quartet. & # 39; Thank you for your professionalism. & # 39;
Among the artists named Face of the Year by the Latin Academy of Literature are Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, José José, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Sanz, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira and Caetano Veloso.
The net income of the concert will be made available to the Grammy People's Cultural Foundation, whose mission is to promote the contribution of Latin music and its creators to world culture and to protect its rich heritage and heritage.