The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango is one of the greatest jazz musicians in the history of African music, and this retrospective pulls 13 tunes from 26 years of recording (1966-1992).

Manu Dibango is one of the greatest jazz musicians in the history of African music, and this retrospective pulls 13 tunes from 26 years of recording (1966-1992). Sax man Dibango, a native of Cameroon, has lived and performed all over Europe and Africa, and his stellar musicianship has been a constant. A fine composer as well as a gifted player, Dibango has flourished in all configurations and found inspiration in everything from soca, ska and bop to Afrobeat, makossa and pygmy music. For a taste of the sound that initially made him famous, check out "Makossa Blow" featuring Bill Laswell and Herbie Hancock. The track is an update of Dibango's 1973 monster Afrojazz/funk hit "Soul Makossa." For the past 40 years, Dibango has been a guiding light for African jazz musicians. It's high time we celebrate his contribution with such collections as this one.—PVV