Maná Shares What Inspired Them to Become Social Activists at 'Latino Talks' Panel

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Alex Gonzales of Mana speaks during Latino Talks With Eva Longoria And Diane Guerreroon at the Wooly Mammoth Theater on May 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Maná's Fher Olvera and Alex González took part in the 'Latino Talks' panel in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (May 4), where they talked about the musicians who inspired them to become social activists, the importance of the Latino vote and why they decided to name their upcoming tour Latino Power Tour.

From the beginning of their career as a rock band in Mexico, Maná took a cue from other artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and U2 who were speaking out on social issues. "When we started as a band and saw people that inspired us like The Beatles, Bob Marley, U2 and Springsteen, all these artists who were all very vocal about social issues ... They inspired us to speak out and once we became famous in our country, we first talked about the problems that were happening in Mexico. As we traveled to different parts of the world, we noticed other things. It's not about being an artist or a dentist or an architect, at the end of the day we're human beings, we have to be active and not keep our mouth shut," explained González during the discussion moderated by actress and activist Eva Longoria. 

"It's incredible to see how everyday so many Latinos are achieving so many amazing things in all different levels; sports, arts, politics, the list can go on and on," added González as he went on to explain how the Latino Power Tour, which kicks off Sept. 9 in San Diego, came about. "We've been very attached to the Latino community in the U.S and we've seen how it's grown. This tour is about celebrating all the contributions that Latinos have made in this country." 

Check out the complete discussion below:  

Maná will perform at the White House this afternoon as part of the presidential Cinco de Mayo festivities.