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From: France

Genre:
Latin, dance, alternative

Behind this codename is Tom DARNAL, sound and image researcher on civvy street, band

leader on stage and (well) accompanied by a plethora of contributing artists in general. Tom

begins his musical adventure in 1982 with the totally forgotten band GPS whose track

"Quand revient l'été"nevertheless remains in Les Inrockuptibles' top 10 French punk singles

of all time!! In parallel, he diverts into graphic art and soon becomes creative director and

designer for Mano Negra's iconography before joining the band .boards.

The last days of Mano coincide with the first steps of P18 in Patchanka's basement in the

heart of the 18th district of Paris with the recordings of Drum & Bass inspired Electro

musicians. Their first album "URBAN CUBAN" is released in 1999 and gives birth to one of

the first electro and world music fusions, an experience which owes its authenticity to the

collusion with Barbaro Teuntor, a Cuban trumpeter which he met during Mano Negra's South

American tour in a cargo ship, and his family who dunked Tom into the traditional repertoire

of music from Havana.

A group consisting of musicians and dancers, both French and Cuban, is created before Tom

& P18 set out on a series of tours taking the band across the planet from Europe to Cuba to

the USA and China. P18's music was at the time widely used as soundtracks for mainstream

Hollywood films such as the Yard, Maid in Manhattan, Chilli con Carne… and was to

contribute to the band's growing reputation.

In 2002 "ELECTROPICA" was released and received unanimous acclaim from the critics.

Tom pushes on with the electronic experiment whilst remaining at the service of traditional

sounds.

Other tours follow, "Never mind how long the road is, we'll go round the world"… until 2004.

Then there is a break period where Tom works on a diversity of projects, as director (Dvd

Mano Negra) or composer (soundtracks for films and documentaries).

Active collaboration with Thomas Martinez leads to sowing the seeds of "Viva P18", the

band's new opus. Tom returns to a more traditional concept in the treatment of the Afro-

Cuban repertoire, characterised by the funky trademark that constitutes one of the key

elements of his style.


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