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The Very Best of Manu Dibango: Afro Soul Jazz from the Original Makossa Man

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Showcasing the breadth of a wickedly versatile musician, this collection of Manu Dibango's '70s and '80s recordings is a lesson in the art of groove. Infectious funk workout "Soul Makossa" sparks the party before cuts like the furious "Sun Explosion" and the soaring 10-minute epic "Electric Africa" connect the dots between traditional Afrobeat and the disco and electro-funk scenes. Dance-floor respite comes from an airy take on the standard "Poinciana," which is a testament to Dibango's jazz chops.

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Soul Makoussa - Wanna Be Startin

This is a funky song and obviously the genesis of Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something. It's so obvious it just jumps out at you.This man was probably a big influence on Quincy. Not sure if props were given to him on the album but I certainly hope so. Too bad this artist never got the recognition he deserves.

Be careful

Soul Makossa sounds as if it's a re-recorded version.

funky music

this is funky music man.


Born: February 10, 1934 in Cameroon

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dibango is Cameroon's, and perhaps Africa's, best-known jazz saxophonist. Starting in the 1950s, he became a globe-trotting musician, living and performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d'Ivoire, as well as in Cameroon. In 1960, Dibango was one of the founding members of the Zairean band African Jazz, with whom he spent five years. World attention came to Dibango with the release in 1972 of Soul Makossa, a work that actually had precious little of the makossa sound in it, and scored...
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