Mexican rock band Maná, one of Latin music’s top-selling and biggest touring acts, has parted ways with their manager of almost ten years, Angelo Medina.
“Angelo Medina and Maná, by mutual agreement, have arrived at that point where our paths must diverge,” wrote the four members of Maná—Fher Olvera, Sergio Vallín, Alex Gonzalez and Juan Calleros—in an email missive obtained by Billboard.
“From this point on, we will be joined to him in a different way, no longer as a manager or as part of Maná’s operation or organization. We have tremendous appreciation and respect for him and recognize the great things we achieved with him beside us.”
Reached at his home in Puerto Rico, Medina said the separation was part of a “transition” that had been discussed with the band. “At this time, I have an opportunity to partner with a major entertainment player that I’ve been in conversations with for quite some time,” he told Billboard. Medina declined to say who his negotiations were with.
Maná and Medina started working together in 2006. At that point, Maná was already the biggest Latin rock band in the world, but major chart success had eluded them.
As for Medina, he was the rainmaker manager who helmed Ricky Martin’s career during the “Latin explosion.” Once Medina took over Maná’s career, the group went from having a single No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (2003’s “Mariposa Traicionera”) to nine, including their most recent: “Mi verdad” featuring Shakira.
“It’s been an extraordinary experience of great accomplishments,” said Medina. “But sometimes a cycle ends and new opportunities open up. This is all part of a transition we discussed. But, what we lived, personally, was a historic moment, a special moment for me. One that I hugely enjoyed.”
Both Medina and Maná took pains to stress that the separation was amicable.
“Although the different roads each of us will now take will have a different view, we’ll surely see each other in one of those ports, or we’ll do what’s necessary to see each other,” added Maná in their missive.