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Here’s Why Maná’s Fher Olvera Said They Wouldn’t Work With Bad Bunny

Could Maná work on music with Bad Bunny in the future? In a recent interview (published Dec. 11), the legendary Mexican group’s lead singer Fher Olvera said there’s zero chance of that.

In an interview with El Mundo, Olvera revealed that his son Dalí had suggestions for where Maná could take their music next. The 16-year-old told Olvera that the band should explore reggaeton music. In response to his son, Olvera referred to Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny as “Bud Bunny.” 

“Dalí told me that I should play a little reggaeton to become internationally famous,” he said. “I told my son that I’m not going to do anything with Bud Bunny.”

Olvera then expanded upon why he doesn’t want to dabble in reggaeton music with Maná. He added that the genre is too risqué for his taste while putting down reggaeton artists. 

“The language of reggaeton has a sexy part, but it also falls into vulgarity,” he said. “It’s not about having a little bit of time, dedication, ingenuity, or creativity to do something better. I think they’re not putting much effort into the lyrics. Some lyrics are too violent and I don’t really like them. Most of their singers, not all, have little talent. Maybe I’m getting old.”

However, one contemporary artist that Olvera would like to collaborate with in the future is Spanish pop star Rosalía. He shared he’s fascinated by her work with flamenco music but not so much her excursions in reggaeton.

“She does amazing things,” he noted. “It gives you goosebumps. We are going to try to incorporate some flamenco [in our next project] because we have a little Indigenous, Aztec, and Spanish blood.”

Last month, Maná wrapped up a residency at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, with 16 sold-out concerts. Earlier this month, they were one of the headliners at the Bésame Mucho festival in L.A.