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Manu Katché

Manu Katché - © Ulf Cronenberg (Würzburg), 10.08.2010

born on 27/10/1958 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Île-de-France, France

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Manu Katché

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Manu Katché (born 27 October 1958) is a French drummer and songwriter.


Session musician

Katché was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. He performed on several successful albums in the mid-1980s such as Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So and Sting's …Nothing Like the Sun and The Soul Cages. Since then he has featured in the pop, rock and world music scenes playing with numerous bands and artists, including Afro Celt Sound System, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, Laurent Voulzy, Jeanne Mas, Mike Lindup, Jan Garbarek, Mango, Manu Chao, Loreena McKennitt, Youssou N'Dour, Robbie Robertson, Joan Armatrading, Joe Satriani, Tori Amos, Richard Wright, Kyle Eastwood, the Christians, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the aforementioned Peter Gabriel and Sting, with whom he has also toured extensively. Manu has also worked with Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni, a Croatian singer, on his albums Mirakul (2001) and Unca Fibre (2006), and has toured with Gibonni supporting the two albums.

He played drums on all tracks except one on Tracy Chapman's 1992 release Matters of the Heart.

With Preface

From 1985 to 1988 he was in the band Preface, with guitar player Kamil Rustam.


In 1992, Katché released his first solo album, It's About Time, largely in the rock genre, with guest musicians like Daniel Lanois, David Rhodes, Peter Gabriel, David Sancious, Branford Marsalis and Sting. His subsequent solo releases have all been jazz. He released his second solo album on September 12, 2005 entitled Neighbourhood, which features Jan Garbarek on saxophone, Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, Marcin Wasilewski on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double bass. His second ECM album, Playground was released in September 2007. In March 2010, Katché released Third Round, again on ECM.

From 2003 to 2007, along with producer Dove Attia, composer André Manoukian and singer Marianne James, he was one of the four judges in the TV-show Nouvelle Star, the French version of Idol series. He was the most feared of them for his wit and his severe judgment about the groove and the rhythm of the singing contestants.

Since January 2008, Katché has hosted the monthly program One Shot Not[1] on Arte.

In 2010 Katché composed the instrumental music for the six themed lands of the Belgian theme park Bellewaerde. An album, with the twelve compositions for the park, including music for the Mexican, western, Indian and Canadian areas, was sold in souvenir shops at the park.

In August 2011 the album Rock the Tabla was released, featuring Manu Katché, Billy Cobham, A.R. Rahman, Hossam Ramzy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek.[2]


As leader

  • It's About Time (BMG, 1992)
  • Neighbourhood (ECM, 2005)
  • Playground (ECM, 2007)
  • Third Round (ECM, 2010)
  • Manu Katché (ECM, 2012)
  • Live in Concert (ACT, 2014)
  • Touchstone for Manu (ECM, 2014)
  • Unstatic (Anteprima, 2016)[3]
  • The Scope (Anteprima, 2019)

As sideman

With Jeff Beck

  • Who Else! (1999)

With Tracy Chapman

  • Matters of the Heart (1992)

With Dire Straits

  • On Every Street (1991)

With Peter Gabriel

  • So (1986)
  • Biko (1987)
  • Passion (1989), Soundtrack
  • Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats (1990), Compilation
  • PoV (1990), Concert Video Album
  • Us (1992)
  • Secret World Live (1994)
  • OVO (2000), Soundtrack
  • Up (2002)
  • Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
  • Hit (2003), Compilation
  • Play the Videos (2004)
  • Still Growing Up: Live and Unwrapped (2005)
  • Back to Front: Live at O2 (2014)

With Jan Garbarek

  • Ragas and Sagas (ECM, 1990)
  • I Took Up the Runes (ECM, 1990)
  • Twelve Moons (ECM, 1992)
  • Visible World (ECM, 1995)
  • In Praise of Dreams (ECM, 2003)
  • Dresden: In Concert (ECM, 2009)

With Herbie Hancock

  • The Imagine Project

With Nigel Kennedy

  • Kafka (1996)

With Tony Levin

  • World Diary (1996)

With Loreena McKennitt

  • The Book of Secrets (1997)
  • An Ancient Muse (2006)

With Joni Mitchell

  • Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm (1988)
  • compiled in:
    • Misses (1996)
    • The Beginning of Survival (2004)
    • Dreamland (2004)
    • Songs of a Prairie Girl (2005)

With Joe Satriani

  • Joe Satriani (1995)
  • The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology (2003)

With Sting

  • ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
  • The Soul Cages (1991)
  • Brand New Day (1999)
  • All This Time (2001)
  • At the Movies (2002)
  • Sacred Love (2003)

With Louis Bertignac

  • Elle et Louis (1993)

With Richard Wright

  • Broken China (1996)

With Robbie Robertson

  • Robbie Robertson (1987)

With Tori Amos

  • Boys For Pele (1996)

With Tears for Fears

  • The Seeds of Love (1989)

With Francis Cabrel

  • Sarbacane (1989)


  1. ^ "One Shot Not | Culture | fr - ARTE". 2013-09-19. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  2. ^ ARC Music Productions International limited. "Hossam Ramzy Presents - The culmination of a 10-year dream". Rock the Tabla. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
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