|Manolo "Manny" Yanes|
|Associated acts||The Power Station|
Manolo was born in Habana, Cuba, then raised in Miami, FL, USA where he steeped deep in all the musical styles surrounding that multi-cultural community.
A master of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music, Manolo is the founder of Afro-Cuban band Grupo YaYa, and Nutria a New Orleans funk-flavored group, both feature saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band), keyboard player Johnny Neel (Allman Bros.) and guitarist Chris Anderson (Dickie Betts, Outlaws), and Michael Bohanon (Sade) make up the rest of Nutria. Manolos' versatile bass groove can also be heard on Patti Labelle's Grammy Award winning "One Night Only".
His performing and recording scrapbook also includes venerable artists such as Robert Palmer, The Power Station, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Gerald Lavert, The Neville Brothers, Papa Mali, Cyril Nevilles Tribe 13, Bonerama, Edwin McCain, Arturo Sandoval, Armando Peraza, Mike Pinera, Deborah Allen and many others. You can hear Manolo playin bass on Edwins' Latest Release "Nobodys Fault But Mine" . He also shares bass duties with legendary Motown bassist Bob Babbitt, drummer Chester Thompson (Weather Report, Santana, Genesis) and guitarist Shane Theriot ( Neville Bros, Boz Skags) on American Idol finalist Nadia Turner's upcoming release.
The Power Station reunited in 1996 with its original members, including Robert Palmer. However, divorce and drug rehabilitation forced bassist John Taylor to withdraw from the project before the album Living In Fear was complete. Bernard Edwards (former Chic bassist) stepped in and completed the album. Bernard was prepared to tour with the band, but then died suddenly of pneumonia during a trip to Japan. The group was staggered, but decided to press on and toured first with bassist Guy Pratt, then Manny Yannes and second gutarist Luke Morley instead.
Manolo toured with Cyril Neville & Tribe 13 in 2010, with spot dates with Papa Mali. Manolo recently reunited with Big Chief Smiley Ricks ( Dr. John) and "The Indians of The Nations" Mardi Gras Indians from New Orleans for an upcoming CD & Tour, in addition to producing a tribute album with Dony Wynn to the late Robert Palmer, and a socially conscious music project ,with his Grupo YaYa feat. Cyril Neville on Vocals, & Chino Dreadlion of Yerba Buena fame . The collaboration resulted in a co-written song with Cyril & Larry "Si Se Puede" (Yes We Can) with an infectious rap by Chino Dreadlion.
Manolo endorses Phil Jones Bass Amplification, Hartke, Fender, Dean Markley Strings, Peavey, and Dean Guitars.