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I'm asking Friends and Fanns to help fund the making of the next Chico Mann album, "Trickster for Kids."

The next album, "Trickster for Kids," delves deeper into the vintage-futuristic sounds now known as, Afro-Freestyle and Electro-Afrobeat.
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I think of it as exploring the landscape of a parallel universe as it intersects with ours.

Chico Mann began as an experiment employing afrobeat musical vocabulary in an electronic context. Using drum machines and synthesizers to paint the picture of a sound that could have been but never existed until now.

In my first few albums, I set aesthetic parameters to work within to achieve a particular effect. I began with Casio keyboards and rudimentary recording equipment on Manifest Tone Vol. 1-3. Over the last few years I've upgraded elements of my studio and experimented with differing recording techniques in order to refine my sound. The result was "Analog Drift : Muy Esniqui."

The album I want to record now, Trickster for Kids, builds upon the foundation I've already set in earlier works. The evolution of the Chico Mann aesthetic will be clearly audible to anyone familiar with my catalog. My vision for the album is quite clear to me now. On the track, "The Selector," you can hear what the general feel of "Trickster for Kids" will be. It could be described as futuristic from the vantage point of 25 years ago. Once the album is completed, you can be the judge!!!

This is where you come in. As an independent artist, my task to is to fund my own recordings. There is no record label funding my endeavors or PR firm promoting my music; I function as my own recording engineer, producer, manager, booking agent, promoter, marketer, creative director, graphic designer, and so on. Luckily, I do get a little help from my friends here and there!!!

Your generous support will ensure the following related to the production of the album: • Studio Time: Recording and Mixing
• Professional Mastering
• Album Artwork and Design
• Short Run of CD's through Sire Press (manufacturing, etc.)
• Studio Maintenance and Supplies (tapes, minor repairs, etc.)
• Limited Merchandise Manufacturing (stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.)

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***For the sake of clarification, it is not a "Children's" album. The title comes from my ongoing collaboration with my daughter. In fact, the first Chico Mann recordings are the fruits of our initial collaborations beginning when she was six years old. You can hear her voice on the track "Sound is Everything."


Note: If we exceed the pledge goal, I will look to press a short-run of limited-edition 12" Vinyl.

Thank you for your support!!!

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    Supporter includes: • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Select Chico Merchandise (pins, stickers, etc.) • Select "Trickster for Kids" Downloads and Instrumental Traxx • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Supporter includes: • Signed “Trickster for Kids” CD • Signed and Personalized Chico Mann poster • Select Chico Merchandise (pins, stickers, etc.) • Select "Trickster for Kids" Downloads and Instrumental Traxx • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Fann includes: • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Select Chico Merchandise (pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Super Fann C includes: • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Select Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Super Fann B includes:• Chico Mixtape on Cassette (Limited, Handmade) • Chico Mann Live-Show Comps/Tickets • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Super Fann A includes:• Visit to Furious Panther Studio • Dinner with Chico • Chico Mixtape on Cassette (Limited, Handmade) • Chico Mann Live-Show Comps/Tickets • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Associate Producer includes: • Associate Producer Credit on the Album • Chico DJ Set at Your Dance Party or • Visit to Furious Panther Studio • Chico Guest Spot on Your Track/Album as well as • Dinner with Chico • Chico Mixtape on Cassette (Limited, Handmade) • Chico Mann Live-Show Comps/Tickets • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Co-Producer includes: • Co-Producer Credit on the Album • Chico DJ Set at Your Dance Party • Visit to Furious Panther Studio and Recording Session with Chico or • Chico Guest Spot on Your Track/Album as well as • Dinner with Chico • Chico Mixtape on Cassette (Limited, Handmade) • Chico Mann Live-Show Comps/Tickets • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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    Executive Producer includes: • Executive Producer Credit on the Album • Chico Track Written for You • Chico Mann Performance (NYC Area) or DJ Set at Your Dance Party • Visit to Furious Panther Studio and Recording Session with Chico or • Chico Guest Spot on Your Track/Album as well as • Role in the next Chico Mann Video • Dinner with Chico • Chico Mixtape on Cassette (Limited, Handmade) • Chico Mann Live-Show Comps/Tickets • Exclusive Pre-Release Chico Downloads • Complete Digital Chico Mann Catalog • Signed "Trickster for Kids" CD • Chico Merchandise (t-shirts, pins, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) • Chico Mann Ringtone Download

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