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Manu Dibango

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 later hits with Seventies and Ibida. Dibango's output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Fela Kuti, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Don Cherry, and the Fania All-Stars. In addition to being one of the leading jazz saxophonists of his generation, Dibango has also run nightclubs, directed orchestras, and started one of the first African musical journals. A later release, Polysonik -- featuring English rapper MC Mello, Cameroonian singer Charlotte M'Bango leading a choral section, and sampled pygmy flutes -- shows that Dibango is continuing to flourish and expand in challenging new directions. ~ Leon Jackson
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Merci! Thank You!, Vol. 1

Disc 1

1. Répondez-Nous Seigneur

2. Otéténa Munja

3. Quartier Mozart

4. Marie Maria

5. Mérengue Scoubidou

6. Fogo

7. Coco

8. Ekédi

9. Ko Iyo

10. Kara Kara

11. Kamulango

12. Mboa

13. Télé Miso

14. L'hymne De La 8ème Coupe D'Afrique Des Nations

15. Twist À Léopoldville

16. La Coupe Des Tropiques

Disc 2

1. Douala Serenade (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Le Prix De La Liberté")

2. Pour Commencer (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Comment Faire L'amour Avec Un Nègre Sans Se Fatiguer")

3. Les Promesses (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Nha Fala")

4. Sabal Dance (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "L'aventure Ambiguë")

5. La Peur (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Nha Fala De Flora Gomes")

6. Amours De Mariane (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "L'aventure Ambiguë")

7. Loko Bobe (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Comment Faire L'amour Avec Un Nègre Sans Se Fatiguer")

8. Le Silence De La Forêt (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Le Silence De La Forêt")

9. La Colère Des Dieux (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "La Colère Des Dieux")

Disc 3

1. Elie

2. Elongi (Gospel Version)

3. Nsi Sim Ti

4. Edube Na Loba

5. Nobody Knows 2

6. Moussina

7. Elongi (Solo Piano Version)

8. Longue Lese

9. Malaïka

10. Bintou

11. Epoupa

12. Rose De Porcelaine

13. Mudied'Asu

14. Songo'a Esele

15. Sere Fun Me Baby

Disc 4

1. Full Up

2. Goro City

3. Doctor Bird

4. Reggae Makossa

5. Frozen Soul

6. Tek Time

7. Happy Feeling

8. Ҫa Et Va Chouia

9. Choc’N Soul

10. Night Jet

11. Bona Sango

12. Descarga Around Sango RKK (Rémy Kolpa Kopoul) [Feat. Omar Sosa]

Disc 5

1. Qui Est Fou De Qui (Chouchou)

2. Pour Une Poignée De CFA

3. Big Blow

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Track List: Grand Masters

1. Wakafrika

2. Biko

3. Pata Pata

4. Soul Makossa

5. Hi-Life

6. Wimoweh

7. Ami Oh!

8. Diarabi

9. Lady

10. Cry Me A River

11. Funny Valentine

12. Summertime

13. All Of Me

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Track List: Summertime

1. Summertime

2. Fly Me To The Moon

3. Cry Me A River

4. Knock On Wood

5. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa Sad Song

6. Over The Rainbow

7. Blue Moon

8. Funny Valentine

9. I've Been Loving You Too Long

10. Misty

11. All Of Me

12. In The Midnight Hour

13. Stormy Weather

14. I Got You (I Feel Good)

15. Cocooning

16. What A Wonderful World

17. Ballad Emotion

18. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

19. Satin Doll

20. Atmosphère

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Track List: Past Present Future

1. Manu Dibango (Feat. Lalcko)

2. Afreedom (Feat. Wayne Beckford & Xmaleya)

3. Elolombe (Featuring KOF)

4. Oum Song (Feat. Oum)

5. Bantou Life (Feat. Passi)

6. Douala Memphis (Feat. Wayne Beckford)

7. Paris Je T'aime D'amour

8. The Manu Walk

9. Haters Anthem (Feat. Wayne Beckford)

10. Keep On Running (Feat. Wayne Beckford)

11. Shallow Waters (Feat. Safehaus)

12. Africa (Feat. Wayne Beckford, Djany & Chantal Ayissi)

13. Soul Makossa 2.0 (Feat. Wayne Beckford)

14. Kamer Lion (Feat. Slim Pezin & Chantal Ayissi)

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Track List: Lion Of Africa

Disc 1

1. Wambele

2. Soma Loba (Featuring Baaba Maal)

3. Summertime

4. Midnight Sun

5. Big Blow (Feat. Courtney Pine)

6. Chérie (Feat. Baaba Maal)

7. Dube (Feat. Coco Mbassi)

8. Soul Makossa

9. Morning Glory

10. Aye Africa (Feat. Courtney Pine, Baaba Maal & Coco Mbassi)

Disc 2
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Track List: Abele Dance

1. Abele Dance

2. Abele Dance (Club Mix)

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Track List: A La Jamaique

1. Full Up

2. Goro City

3. Doctor Bird

4. Frozen Soul

5. Tek Time

6. Happy Feeling

7. Bona Sango

8. Choc'N'Soul

9. Kumbele Style

10. Night Jet

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Track List: Collection Legende

1. Ah Freak Sans Fric

2. Duke In Bushland

3. Ashiko Oumba

4. Na Selele

5. Kango

6. Deliverance

7. Canta

8. Oa Na Mba

9. Bushman Promenade

10. Ma Marie

11. Maya Ma Bobe

12. Mincalor

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Track List: African Soul - The Very Best Of

2. Soul Makossa

3. Big Blow

4. Wakafrika

8. Sunday Morning

9. From Congo

12. Bayam Sellam

13. Goro City

15. Senga Abele

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Track List: Soft And Sweet

1. Poinciana

2. Es La Nostalgia

3. El Manisero

4. Petite Fleur

5. Maria Elena

6. Nature Boy

7. Tres Palabras

8. Frenesi

9. Ni Toi Ni Moi

10. Vaya Con Dios

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Track List: Dibango: Rough Guide To Manu Dibango

1. Ngolowake

2. Miango Ma Tumba

3. Miss Cavacha

4. Nature Boy

5. Mi Niya

6. Oa Na Mba

7. Mouna Pola

8. Baobab Sunset

9. Super Kumba

10. Bayam Sellam

11. Camp Yabassi Echoes

12. Negropolitaines

13. Makossa Blow

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Track List: Africadelic

1. Soul Makossa

4. New Bell

5. Pepe Soup

7. African Carnaval

10. Sun Explosion

11. Africadelic

12. Iron Wood

15. Soul Makossa

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Track List: B Sides

Disc 1

1. Miango Ma Tumba (Village News)

2. Mpuli Mwa Moni

3. Camp Yabassi Echoes

4. Balafoneries (Incendie Au Village)

5. Dakar Streets

6. African Nite Blues (Joie D'Ete)

7. Iron Woods

8. Ebony Tracks (Percussion Storm)

9. Besoka On Salsa

10. Fleur De Marigot (Le Reve De Doir)

11. African Nite Blues (Version)

12. Les Cavaliers

Disc 2

1. Soul Fiesta Remix (Version Courte)

2. Bessoka (Version Courte)

3. Soul Fiesta Remix (Version Longue)

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Track List: Kamer Feeling

1. Bolingo City

2. Mouvement Ewondo

3. K dansez-moi ça

4. Ongele Mba

5. Lily

6. Ashiko Mouv'

7. Mulema Etoum

8. Africratie

9. Descarga Around Sango RKK

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. Soul Makossa

2. Dasiko

3. Africadelic

4. Sax City

5. Tropical Garden

6. On Na Mba

7. Pepe Soup

8. Aloko Party

9. Baobab Sunset

10. Mouvement Ewondo

11. Na Selele

12. Wilderness

13. Bolingo City

Disc 2

1. Reggae Makossa

2. Bona Sango

3. Doctor Bird

4. Sun Explosion

5. Ca Va Chouia

6. Miango

7. Mouna Loba

8. Ambiance Tropica

9. Bintou

10. Mouna Maria

11. Oh Koh

Disc 3

1. Makossa Rock

2. African Boogie

3. Yekey Tenge

4. Mouna Pola

5. Negropolitaines

6. Village News

7. Toumba

8. Super Kumba

9. Massa Lemba

10. Electric Africa

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Track List: Manu Safari

Disc 1

1. A La Claire Fontaine

2. Soir Au Village

3. Mboa

4. Maya Ma Bobe

5. Pour Une Poignee De CFA

6. Miss Cavacha

7. Peaceful Homeland

8. Mangabolo

9. Kwala Kwala

10. A La Claire Fontaine (Instrumental)

Disc 2

1. Ngolowake

2. Diboki

3. Di Lambo

4. Munyenge Na Ndutu

5. Soma Loba

6. Dasiko (Interprete Par Bella Bellow)

7. Senga (1998)

8. Qui Est Fou Qui? (Chouchou)

9. Mouvement Ewondo

10. Soir Au Village

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Track List: Bao Bao

1. Makossa Rock

2. Afro Beat

3. Boat People

4. Big Blow

5. Bao Bao

6. Chapo-So Jam

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Track List: Negropolitaines Vol. II

1. Alome

2. Missiya

3. Aloko Party

4. Longe Lese

5. Miango

6. Parfum Des Iles

7. Oh Koh!

8. Pavane Pour Melodie

9. Panafrican Jam

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Track List: Wakafrika

1. Soul Makossa (Feat. Youssou N'Dour)

2. Biko (Feat. Alex Brown, Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Geoffrey Oryema)

3. Wakafrika

4. Emma (Feat. Salif Keita)

5. Homeless (Feat. Ray Lema)

6. Lady (Feat. Ray Phiri)

7. Hi-Life (Feat. King Sunny Adé)

8. Wimoweh (Feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

9. Ami Oh! (Feat. Angélique Kidjo, Papa Wemba)

10. Jingo (Feat. King Sunny Adé)

11. Pata Pata (Feat. Kaissa Doumbé)

12. Diarabi (Feat. Bonga, Touré Kunda)

13. Ç Va Chouia

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Track List: Deliverance

1. Canta

2. Baobab Sunset

3. Village's News

4. Deliverance

5. Na Selele

6. Gentlemen De Camp Yabassi

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Track List: Afrijazzy

1. Massa Lemba

2. Bushman Promenade

3. Gombo Sauce

4. Soir Au Village

5. Kango

6. Douala Serenade

7. Abelley Sphere

8. Makossa Blow

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Track List: Electric Africa

1. Pata Piya (Feat. Bernie Worrell & Bill Laswell)

2. Electric Africa (Feat. Bill Laswell & Herbie Hancock)

3. Echos Beti (Feat. Bill Laswell & Herbie Hancock)

4. L'Arbre A Palabres (Feat. Herbie Hancock & Mory Kanté)

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Track List: "Waka Juju"

1. Waka Juju

2. Douala Serenade

3. Africa Boogie

4. Mouna Pola

5. Ma Marie

6. Mangabolo

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Track List: Ambassador

1. Happy Feeling

2. Ca Va Chouia

3. Bona Sango

5. Kumbele Style

6. Night Jet

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Track List: Soul Makossa

1. Soul Makossa

2. Big Blow

6. Mimbo

7. Super Kumba

9. Soir Au Village

11. Senga

12. Pepe Soup

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Cold blooded beats.love all
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One of the greatest singers I really appreciate
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Loven this jazzy funk man
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Love hugh masekala and was reading the bio and scrolled down and saw manu and said let me check it out. And, voilá. Another artist added to my favorites.
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Sweeeet
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Great music
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I remember this I love it
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noelani65
lovin' it....want more sounds like this. YES
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1972, what a year it was when that song was being played!
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Manu, is the real deal!
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Oh come on... Where have I been?!?! Crazy groove. I am shamed for having missed this!
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2777cjanders o n
A Grover Washington here
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This reminds me of Griffith Park back in the day when all the Bongo players and drummers would come out on Saturdays and Sundays. I was just a little Girl following Dad to the park.
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cooper.aj4
funkin on down at work, a few funny looks but thy're missing out
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Damn! That's deep in the valley cut funk, Ya'll DIG!?
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Makes you want to dance till you drop
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Oneof the flyest cuts of all time
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crooklyn brought me here ( to the song)...good 70s music
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Off the chain fly.
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Good stuff, thanks Pandora!!!!
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dsp71
We need more African music on Pandora!!
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I just love the beats incredible ease and full! Now for some Fela
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Thank you for this. Please add more makossa and more african music. Grand Manu as Manu Dibango is fondly called is a great cameroonian and african and world musician. Will also like to see Francis Bebey and others. I am sure pandora is going to expand with time.
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elycool0
my co-worker started humming this tune but could not remember the title.I told her I would fine out and get back to her. Well needless to say I kept humming it..finally the title came to me,now I can go in to work tomorrow with not only the title but the artist as well.It's still a great song....
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THIS IS REALLY OLD SCHOOL FOR SOME YOU WHO CAN REMEMBER!
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ndifor33
great manu.
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wow, i sure remember the soul makossa lp from back in the day. it is still great as it was then. I hope this opens up a new world for some listeners
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johnflinn200 4
Very clean, pure and strong. Well written, directed and played. Relaxes and puts smile on my face. Makes life good. Must explore Africa more. Let me in.
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hopedieslast
One of the best. A creative spirit as "Q" in the early days!
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good job but please play more african music
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Good stuff!

By the way, for those craving Fela or Femi Kuti, you sadly won't find them here (knock on wood and beat on doors), but there are quite a few quality Afrobeat artists. You can look at my "Kuti Afrobeat Funk" page to get some of the names.
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adrockh2000
I have to agree with all the other comments on this page... the music of Africa, and the Middle East, and Asia are all underreprese n t e d on Pandora. And when a great non-Western artist pops up, it seems to always be under the umbrella of "world music." Pandora is amazing, but it needs to diversify to reflect the world of music out there.
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Where are the geniuses of African music? Fela!!!!!!!! King Sunny Ade!!!!!!! and SO SO MANY OTHERS!!!! Definitely a shortcoming of Pandora. Also where are all the FANTASTIC HAITIAN ARTISTS? No Tabou Combo??? That's downright shameful! And no T-Vice, Djakout Mizik, Carimi, Boukman Eksperyans?? ? Get with your WORLD MUSIC pandora!!!
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Please add more African Artists.
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essential4_9 6
I agree with you wvcottrell! Definitely need more African music and world music. How can you not have Fela and other amazing musicians available?!!
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rgirl4life
Ah, so thats where Micheal Jackson got that part in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin"
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wvcottrell
I added creative content from Manu Dibango to my Ali Farka Toure station-- Tried to add Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Sonny Okosun. All of whom are masters of "world" or "African" music genres. Was surprised to find out that only Manu Dibango was available in the music genome project. I echo phatbonnie's comment in saying that there should be much more world music available on Pandora. Maybe an additional category (e.g. genre or style). What about some soca and calypso?
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Thanks Pandora!
I was just saying the other day that I wish Pandora had more world music.
I adore African music and this really just made my day! Please play more!!!
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johnelld
The Soul Makossa Boabab Sunset is a hoooooooot cut. This track makes me want to to go crazy it's so creative. Thanks for playing it. Please play it more often for me.

Thanks
Johnell From New York City
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makossa ....does not belong to you O.K. MICHAEL you twit!!!!!!!! ! !
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Title track off Soul Makossa is a helluva way to be introduced to this guy. Wow.

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