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Manu Dibango Vinyl, CD & Tape 3 Items
LP | 1985 | US | Reissue (Tidal Waves Music)
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Release:1985 / US – Reissue
Manu Dibango needs little introduction, born in Cameroon in 1933, Manu developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He’s definitely among the best known African artists outside of Africa. Collaborations were numerous and include top acts like Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Sly & Robbie, Don Cherry and Bernie Worrell. In addition to selling hundreds of thousands of copies of the albums he recorded, he played such huge venues as Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.In 1972, at 40 years of age, Manu Dibango did something almost unheard of for an African artist – he had a pop hit. His song “Soul Makossa” became an enormous hit which influenced popular music for decades to follow. First picked up by David Mancuso (The Loft), “Soul Makossa” took New York dance floors by storm & in July 1973 it became the first disco record to enter the Billboard Top 40—an early instance of Western pop experiencing a paradigm shift thanks to Africa. The song’s chant of “ma-mako ma-ma-sa mako-mako sa” echoes through the greatest-selling pop album of all-time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it’s in the DNA of the music of Kanye West, Rihanna, A Tribe Called Quest, Akon and The Fugees.By 1985, Dibango was back in Paris, one of the most successful African artists in the world, to start on the recordings for the “Electric Africa” album. This album hooked Manu and the Soul Makossa Gang up with New York avant garde producer Bill Laswell, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard player Bernie Worrell, Pan African synthesist Wally Badarou, New York guitarist Nicky Scopelitis, African drummer Aiyb Dieng and Malian kora virtuoso Mory Kante. This means of working gave Manu and Laswell license to fuse synthesizers and kora, talking drums and samples, ngoni and electric guitar. What it all boils down to is world beat in its truest sense.“Electric Africa” remains one of Manu’s strongest albums. His deep growl of a honey and sandpaper voice and the energetic honk of his saxophone merge with the seamless samples and the myriad hand percussion and overt funkiness of his band. Herbie Hancock plays on three tracks, contributing an amazing electric piano solo on the title track and interacting with Manu’s sax while weaving to the warp of Mory Kante’s kora during “L’arbre a Palabres.” Similarly but more subtly, Laswell, Badarou and Worrell play dueling synthesizers in and around the band throughout ”Pata Piya.” All of this makes the album an hypnotic & upbeat Afro-Funk classic that will rock every part your body (and mind). Now finally back available as a limited vinyl edition for the first time since 1985 this edition comes with the original 1985 artworks & obi strip. This album features an all-star line-up with Herbie Hancock, Mory Kante & Bernie Worrell.
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Wagram)
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Release:2017 / EU – Original
Zweifellos ist Manu Dibango ein zentraler Protagonist der modernen afrikanischen Musik. Nur wenigeKünstler haben so einflussreich und vor allem groovy Klänge des schwarzen Kontinents mit Jazz, Soul, Funkund Hip-Hop verknüpft, wie der 1933 geborene Komponist und Saxofonist aus Kamerun. Sein 1972veröffentlichtes Stück "Soul Makossa" war einer der ersten Disco-Tracks überhaupt, und er ist bis heute seinTrademark-Song geblieben. Weitere bekannte Hits, auf denen er stilbildend traditionelle Rhythmen seinerHeimat mit der populären kamerunischen Tanzmusik Makossa und Black Music mischte, sind "Africadelic","Waka Juju" und "Afrijazzy". Mit seinem Album "Wakafrika" machte sich Manu Dibango zu seinem 60.Geburtstag ein ganz besonderes Geschenk, indem er sich Hits der afrikanischen Musik, der Weltmusik undseiner eigenen Karriere vorknöpfte, neu arrangierte und mit prominenten Gästen der Welt- undPopmusikszene neu einspielte, darunter Youssou N’Dour, King Sunny Adé, Salif Keita, Angélique Kidjo, PapaWemba, Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kaïssa Doumbé, Alex Brown, Touré Kunda und SinéadO'Connor. Für die Wiederveröffentlichung dieses legendären Albums wurden alle Songs neu gemischt.
OST Ceddo (Bande Originale Du Film)
LP | 1977 | UK | Reissue (Africa Seven)
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Release:1977 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Film / TV
African movie soundtrack "Ceddo" - composed by one of our favourite African artists, Manu Dibango. 6 tracks full of Funk. With a great story behind.... now it's getting a full vinyl re-issue!The film takes place during the 17th century : period of slave-trading and of the introduction of Christianity and Islam in West Africa. The adherents of these religions all desired and hoped to pack their buildings, mosques or churches,by whatever means necessary. Arms and alcohol began to appear, as well as shoddy godds --- gadgets from another era. Anyone with a rifle tracked down and trated men, women and children. Man became money. After having converted the royal family and government dignitaries, the Imam encounters the refusal of the "Ceddo". For the Ceddo, adhering to Islam or to Catholicism would mean renouncing African spiritualism, giving up being themselves. To accomplish his goals, the Imam usurps the throne with the complicity of the dignitaries --- similar to the coups d'Etat of our days. Combining spiritual and temporal power, the Imam reduces the recalcitrant to slavery in exchange for rifles. He obliges the others by force of arms to accept Islam. Ceddo is a film of reflexion, birnging together bits and pieces of facts and authentic events that took place in a period spanning the centuries up to the present day.
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