Tryo is a French 'unplugged' reggae acoustic band, popular in Europe and in Quebec, consisting of 3 French guitarists, a Latin American percussionist, and a producer : Guizmo, Christophe Mali, Manu Eveno, Daniel "Danielito" Bravo and Bibou.
Tryo have been wildly popular throughout France partly due to their politically charged lyrics, whilst also showing a fun side with a range of humorous songs, especially true in their live performances.
They take a left wing stance, criticizing various French politicians such as Charles Pasqua (named in corruption scandals concerning suburban low cost housing or HLM) and Le Pen and world leaders (George Bush, for example) in their music. The band also have a 'tolerant' view on cannabis, most obviously demonstrated by 'La Main Verte' from the 'Mamagubida' album.
The drug references have been notably toned down in their later albums. This, along with other factors such as fewer political references and their popularity amongst a younger French crowd, have led some fans to accuse Tryo of becoming more commercial as they progress.
They have sold more than 900,000 albums worldwide and celebrated their 10 year anniversary in 2006, followed by a nationwide tour. (*)