Soul and funk are not exclusive provence of the United States. In fact, when you get right down to it, while the music was codified by musicians in places like Detroit, Memphis, and Muscle Shoals, the original sounds, the rhythms that influenced and inspired those musicians, came from Africa aboard slave ships. In the most shameful era of this nation’s history, it was a musical tradition that helped to keep a people alive. So classic soul music from Africa? Yes indeed.
Manu Dibango was born in Cameroon. His father was a civil servant, and his mother a fashion designer. As a child Dibango attended a Protestant school for religious training. He particularly liked the music education, and learned fast. In the 1950’s Dibango began to travel the world, playing his saxophone in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as his own country … (more)