Manitú, originally from Colorado, is a pop, R&B and alternative band that consists of three brothers, Marcos, Lukas, and Lex Sanchez. They released their first CD, Un Mundo Nuevo/A New World, in June 2009 and moved to Mexico City to work with Sony Music Mexico.
The Sanchez brothers started playing music at a young age, first separately and then together. After performing at an impromptu talent show at a family reunion, they agreed to form a band, which they called Manitú, after Manitou Springs in Colorado. An uncle in attendance commented that he knew a producer in San Diego, and urged them to audition for him. The brothers got in contact with Kiko Cibrian, one of the premier music producers in Latin America, who agreed to work with them and produce a CD.
After becoming involved with Cibrian, the group compiled enough songs to create a CD. Manitú presented their tentative CD to Sony Music and Westwood Management, who were immediately impressed by the group and offered to back the project.
As expected, it hasn’t been easy. The group has taken steps to make their music a priority, including a difficult relocation away from their family to be closer to the Sony offices based in Mexico City.
The music business has given them the chance to appreciate the Church and stand up for it. “It’s given me the opportunity to see how much [the Church] is needed in the world today,” said Lukas. “The wonderful thing is that now we have the ability to be examples under that spotlight and influence others for good” (LDS Living).
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