Manu Dibango

By Robert Leaver

 

An internationally recognized musical celebrity, the bald headed, shade wearing, sly smiling sax man Manu Dibango set a new paradigm for African musicians. His song, “Soul Makossa,” released in 1972 stands as one of the most enduring and influential dance songs of all time. Already recognized as a musical force in France when the song came out it became a popular dance hit in New York City. It crossed over to the Latin community and landed him on stage with the Fania All-Stars at Yankee Stadium for a legendary performance. Its song structure would help spawn... Read More

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