Who is Manu Dibango? Manu Dibango Biography
Manu Dibango, full Name Emmanuel Dibango N’Djocke, born in Dec. 12, 1933, Douala, Camer. He was Cameroonian saxophonist, pianist, vibraphonist, and composer whose groundbreaking jazz fusions and wide-ranging collaborative work played an important role in bringing European and North American audiences to the sounds of West African popular music during the mid-20th and early 21st centuries.
He Has died of coronavirus complications in France. He became best known for his “Soul Makoosa” hit in 1972, and has also played saxophone and vibraphone. Dibango developed a style of music fusing Cameroonian jazz, funk, and popular music. His father was an ethnic Yabassi member while his mother was a Dua.
Manu Dibango Education And Earlier Life
Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango was born in Douala, Cameroon, on 12 December 1933. His father name is Dibango Michel Manfred N’Djoké.
In 1941, having been educated at his school in the village. Dibango was admitted to a colonial school near his home, where he learned French. He admired the teacher he described as an outstanding painter and draftsman. This school was chosen by French President Charles de Gaulle in 1944 to hold the welcome ceremonies upon his arrival in Cameroon.
Manu Dibango Career
He has collaborated with several other musicians including Fania All-Stars, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Adé, Don Cherry, and Sly and Robbie.
He enjoyed a huge success in the UK with a disco hit entitled Big Blow, which was originally released in 1976 and re-mixedon Island Records as a 12-single in 1978. He recorded the CubAfrica album with cuban artist Eliades Ochoa in 1998. He was nominated to the categories Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for Soul Makossa at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974. In the album of the same name the song Soul Makossa includes the lyrics makossa.
The line is from its 1972 song Soul Makossa, according to Dibango. Agence France-Presse reported admitting that Jackson borrowed the line for Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and settled outside court.
One of the early hits in the burgeoning world music scene was “Soul Makossa,” featuring a catchy hook copied by some of the biggest pop stars in the world.
On 8 September 2015, Manu Dibango was honoured with the title of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie aux Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Rio 2016 by Michaëlle Jean, Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
Manu Dibango Cause Of Death
Dear #ManuDibango, you’ve always been there for me from my beginnings in Paris to this rehearsal just 2 months ago! You re the original Giant of African Music and a beautiful human being. This coda of #SoulMakossa is for you! pic.twitter.com/3pGoICwjCn
— Angelique Kidjo (@angeliquekidjo) March 24, 2020
According to the music publisher, Manu Dibango died Tuesday with the coronavirus. He’s 86. Dibango was admitted to hospital with a disease “related to COVID-19,” his official Facebook page said last week.