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Are there any other Manu Dibango fans out there? I've been a devout fan and follower of Manu since 1973. I rarely go a day without hearing something by him. His music in my opinion covers a vast spectrum from fast break beat style, to cool and soothing jazz.
In additional posts to follow I'll link some of his work. I don't want to overwhelm my original post here with too many links at once.
It would be interesting to know if I'm not alone, I'm sure I'm not but I often wonder how many others are even aware of this fantastic artist.
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It is almost impossible to find a fitting description for a musician such as Manu Dibango who has made such an enormous contribution to African music as a whole. He is a saxophonist, nicknamed 'The lion of Cameroon', from a track on The Very Best of African Soul album. Originally trained in classical piano, his musical career began in Brussels and Paris in the 1950s. 1960 finds him in Congo as a member of African Jazz led by Joseph Kabasele (Le Grand Kalle)! He formed his own band in Cameroon in 1963, moving to Paris in 1965. ↓ ↓ MORE ↓ ↓
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Manu Dibango (The Leopard Man's African Music Guide) (http://www.leopardmannen.no/d/dibango.manu.asp?lang=gb - broken link)
My user name "makossa" is from Manu Dibango's signature U.S. hit "Soul Makossa" in 1973. In my opinion this song was what introduced America to the world genre.
Soul Makossa was actually created in 1972 but became a hit in America in 1973, particularly in NYC. In the summer of "73" Soul Makossa could have been New York City's theme song! It was everywhere. In 1973 dollars the hit 45 (remember those?) were going for five dollars apiece and they couldn't keep them on the shelves.
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