MANU DIBANGO

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Manu Dibango (Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango, born December 12, 1933 in Douala, Cameroon) is a Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player. Leaving Cameroon to France to study, he got to study music where he enrolled for piano lessons. Though a piano student, Manu fell inlove with his friend and classmates instrument, the saxophone. Not having a keyboard at home to rehearse his music lessons, he spent time using his friend's saxophone which has today become his longest companion. He developed a musical style fusing jazz and traditional Cameroonian music. He is a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Douala.

He has collaborated with many musicians, including Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Sly And Robbie. In 1998 he recored the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa .

His Soul Makossa is often considered the first disco record (Jones and Kantonen,
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MANU DIBANGO Discography

MANU DIBANGO albums / top albums

MANU DIBANGO Saxy-Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Saxy-Party
African Fusion 1969
MANU DIBANGO Manu Dibango album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu Dibango
African Fusion 1971
MANU DIBANGO O Boso album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
O Boso
African Fusion 1972
MANU DIBANGO African Voodoo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Voodoo
African Fusion 1972
MANU DIBANGO Soul Makossa (aka The Original Soul Makossa) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Makossa (aka The Original Soul Makossa)
African Fusion 1972
MANU DIBANGO Africadelic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Africadelic
African Fusion 1972
MANU DIBANGO Makossa Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Makossa Man
African Fusion 1973
MANU DIBANGO Super Kumba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Super Kumba
African Fusion 1974
MANU DIBANGO Countdown At Kusini album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Countdown At Kusini
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1975
MANU DIBANGO Afrovision (aka Big Blow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afrovision (aka Big Blow)
African Fusion 1976
MANU DIBANGO Manu 76 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu 76
African Fusion 1976
MANU DIBANGO Bande Originale Du Film Ceddo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bande Originale Du Film Ceddo
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1977
MANU DIBANGO L'Herbe Sauvage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Herbe Sauvage
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1977
MANU DIBANGO Manu Dibango (1978) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu Dibango (1978)
African Fusion 1978
MANU DIBANGO Anniversaire Au Pays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anniversaire Au Pays
African Fusion 1978
MANU DIBANGO Le Prix De La Liberté (Bande Originale Du Film) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Prix De La Liberté (Bande Originale Du Film)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1978
MANU DIBANGO Home Made album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Home Made
African Fusion 1979
MANU DIBANGO Gone Clear album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gone Clear
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1980
MANU DIBANGO Ambassador album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ambassador
African Fusion 1981
MANU DIBANGO Piano Solo, Mélodies Africaines Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solo, Mélodies Africaines Volume 1
African Fusion 1981
MANU DIBANGO Waka Juju album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Waka Juju
African Fusion 1982
MANU DIBANGO Mboa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mboa
African Fusion 1982
MANU DIBANGO Soft And Sweet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soft And Sweet
African Fusion 1983
MANU DIBANGO Surtension album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Surtension
African Fusion 1984
MANU DIBANGO Mélodies Africaines Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mélodies Africaines Volume 2
African Fusion 1984
MANU DIBANGO L'Aventure Ambiguë (Bande Original Du Film) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Aventure Ambiguë (Bande Original Du Film)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1984
MANU DIBANGO Electric Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Africa
African Fusion 1985
MANU DIBANGO Afrijazzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afrijazzy
African Fusion 1986
MANU DIBANGO Manu Invite... Akofa Akoussah Au Togo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu Invite... Akofa Akoussah Au Togo
African Fusion 1986
MANU DIBANGO La Fete A Manu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Fete A Manu
African Fusion 1988
MANU DIBANGO Négropolitaines Vol 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Négropolitaines Vol 1
African Fusion 1989
MANU DIBANGO Comment Faire L'Amour Avec Un Nègre Sans Se Fatiguer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Comment Faire L'Amour Avec Un Nègre Sans Se Fatiguer
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989
MANU DIBANGO Polysonik album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polysonik
African Fusion 1990
MANU DIBANGO Bao Bao album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bao Bao
African Fusion 1992
MANU DIBANGO Wakafrica album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wakafrica
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1994
MANU DIBANGO Lamastabastani album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lamastabastani
African Fusion 1995
MANU DIBANGO Dance With Manu Dibango album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance With Manu Dibango
African Fusion 1995
MANU DIBANGO Negropolitaines Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Negropolitaines Vol.2
African Fusion 1995
MANU DIBANGO Manu Safari album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu Safari
African Fusion 1998
MANU DIBANGO Mboa' Su Kamer Feelin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mboa' Su Kamer Feelin'
African Fusion 2000
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Kamer Feeling
African Fusion 2001
MANU DIBANGO Manu Dibango Plays Sidney Bechet ‎– Homage To New Orleans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manu Dibango Plays Sidney Bechet ‎– Homage To New Orleans
African Fusion 2007
MANU DIBANGO Ballad Emotion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballad Emotion
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2011
MANU DIBANGO Past Present Future album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Past Present Future
African Fusion 2011
MANU DIBANGO Balade en Saxo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Balade en Saxo
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2013

MANU DIBANGO EPs & splits

MANU DIBANGO Pata Piya album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pata Piya
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1985
MANU DIBANGO Makossa '87 (Big Blow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Makossa '87 (Big Blow)
African Fusion 1986

MANU DIBANGO live albums

MANU DIBANGO A L'Olympia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A L'Olympia
African Fusion 1977
MANU DIBANGO Deliverance 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deliverance "Live in Douala"
African Fusion 1983
MANU DIBANGO Live '91 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live '91
African Fusion 1991
MANU DIBANGO Live 96 - Papa Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 96 - Papa Groove
African Fusion 1996
MANU DIBANGO Lion of Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lion of Africa
African Fusion 2007

MANU DIBANGO demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MANU DIBANGO re-issues & compilations

MANU DIBANGO African Soul: The Very Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Soul: The Very Best Of
African Fusion 1997
MANU DIBANGO Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
African Fusion 2000
MANU DIBANGO The Very Best of Manu Dibango album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Very Best of Manu Dibango
African Fusion 2000
MANU DIBANGO The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango
African Fusion 2004
MANU DIBANGO Essential Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential Recordings
African Fusion 2006
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Choc 'N Soul
African Fusion 2010

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MANU DIBANGO Gone Clear

Album · 1980 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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Released in 1980, recorded in Jamaica on Chris Blackwell’s label, Island Record’s , with quite a few big names included and not only from Jamaica but the U.S.A as well with the Brecker brothers included with Michael on sax and Randy on trumpet with Joe Faddis, Mike Lawrence supporting and Gwen Guthrie being one of the backing vocalists.. Plenty of big Jamaican names also with Ansell Collins, Sly and Robbie, Mikey Chung with a few others from the area as well for Manu Dibango’s Reggae excursion with the album “Gone Clear” which has also been re released on the French label Sonodisc in 1990 under the name “Rasta Souvenir” on two discs which does include Manu’s following Reggae release on Island “Ambassador” on each disc respectively albeit with a slight track order change the albums are still separate in their entirety on each of the discs.

“Full Up” puts the Reggae beat straight to the fore with Manu’s sax riding right over it all on this great album opener being primarily an instrumental with just the backing vocalists repeating the title on occasion. Funk and fairly quick moving is the basis for the highly enjoyable instrumental “Goro City” with some great sax input from Dibango’s sax being all over it and some wonderful band backing. More full on Reggae beat in “Doctor Bird” where we finally get to hear Manu adding those deep vocals and jive he usually does in French and the delight just keeps coming in another great take on his most famous number the Makossa where this time it’s the “Reggae Makossa” and good it is, being delivered in quick time. “Frozen Soul” is vibe time for Manu with a highly similar time to “Full Up” but no matter it is Reggae and the album finishes up with one of its highlights, for me anyway with it s loopy opening and more of those backing vocals and saxes just keeping a firm reminder of the time this music was made in being the late 70’s and early 80’s with that Manu Dibango stamp.

Lovely groover to have on and even if Reggae is not your thing try this as it only fairly mild with its influence and basically it’s still Dibango presenting his style of Cameroonian French influenced African Music but still I really don’t know too many African music fans that don’t like Reggae anyway.

MANU DIBANGO Wakafrica

Album · 1994 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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Wakafrika or Africa on the Move was Manu Dibango's first production with Fnac after he changed labels in 1992. He was busy at the time with constanty touring and every week he had to be back for his weekly television show on France 3. Originally from Cameroon but in the late 1950,s Manu moved to France where he has spent the majority of his time since. "Soul Makossa' was his first hit back 1972 and has that song been sampled or just copied much to Michael Jacksons distress. Manu sued him for copyright infringement and he is having another go with Beyonce I believe. The song was" Wanna be Startin' Something" by Michael Jackson was where Manu noticed his Makossa had been placed. Manu plays any manner of saxophone except baritone and he also has a ping on the Vibraphone and for this production as we say down here,'Everyman and his dog" seems to be with him on this album with covers or re vamps of some of the most famous African songs including his own. Even a new composition by Manu which was the title for the album.Guests include ( African first ) Youssou N' Dour ( Senegal),Salif Keita ( Mali),Papa Wemba ( Dem. Rep. of Congo or Zaire),Angelique Kidjo ( Benin).King Sunny Ade ( Nigeria),Toure Kunda (Senegal),Tony Allen (Nigeria),Ladysmith Black Momboza ( Sth Africa),Bonga ( Angola) and the list keeps going but for the western representation we also have Peter Gabriel, Michael Jacksons rythmn section at that time and Sinead O'Connor throws in some background vocals. Recordings took place in Paris, New York and Los Angeles even mixed during the Los Angeles 1994 earthquake. This massive shaking production took a year or more to put together and mix.Now the songs that are included are nearly all African classic tunes eight from the 13 tracks on the album ranging from Soul Makossa, Yousou N' Dour gets to do the revamp "Emma" originally Toure Kunde ( Salif Keita),Pata Pata (Miriam Makeba) is covered and for the western one,Peter Gabriel does a revamp of "Biko" with Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Youssou N' Dour primarily with Manu begins the album with "Soul Makossa" and is a great lively version with plenty of beat, Manu's sax,a huge backing band and of course Youssou N' Dours wonderful vocals drive it along."Biko" is up next with a quite a nice result. Peter Gabriel sings sections and Ladysmith Black Momboza provide stunning backing vocals for the track. Two instrumentals on the album and Wakafrika is one with what is best described as a beat driven train with the horns over the top. The other instrumental is another of Manu's "Ca Va Chouia" ( revamp) which does contain a very small amount of vocals but primarily it is instrumental with both being exceptional. "Emma" the Toure Kunda hit from Senegal is covered by Salif Keita and he does not quite hit his usual quality and the song is good but not quite. "Homeless" comes along next and who would you get to sing this but Ladysmith Black Mombazo and is quite a nice lively version of the tune."Ami oh "is worth a mention but with the rest of the tracks things do not gel, "Jingo is forgettable as "Pata Pata" and the other tracks that I have not mentioned from the album are not quite there either and the album contained 13 tracks all up.

As often is the case with these style of albums the old saying applies,"Too many Chefs Spoil the Broth" and that is obvious here in places but in others where they do hit the mark the results are wonderful and the good ones you will play over again but for me these days it really is have your finger ready on that skip button for the others.

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