mamako mamasa mamamakossa!
December 12, 2013 4:16 AM   Subscribe

Let's celebrate the 80th birthday of Afrofunk pioneer Manu DiBango with a few of his groovy tunes, shall we? He made a splash way back in 1972 with a catchy (and rather influential) little number called Soul Makossa. A few years later, in 1982, another DiBango tune, also catchy as hell, might've made it onto a turntable or a dance floor near you: it was called Echos Beti. Aside from these two tunes, there's been lots, lots more from this very prolific Cameroon-born saxophonist, vocalist and bandleader, so I've included...

New Bell
O Boso
Big Blow
Abele Dance
Tom Tom
Jungle Riders
A Freak Sans Fric

and there's so much more DiBango out there... Happy 80th, Manu DiBango!
posted by flapjax at midnite (5 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Yay! Happy Birthday to a person I've apparently been dancing to all my life, and will dance to all day today!
posted by goofyfoot at 5:32 AM on December 12, 2013

Thanks! This'll be a great day now. And for anyone who didn't see the link in some earlier compendium of great music via YouTube links, check out the PlayAll extension (for Chrome).
posted by twsf at 9:04 AM on December 12, 2013

Excellent post, wonderful music. Thanks Flapjax :)
posted by doctor_negative at 10:59 AM on December 12, 2013

I knew nothing about Manu, but was walking though a Tower Records in the early 90s and saw the brilliant cover for Wakafrika as a large poster and saw and un-saw Africa. I bought the disc on the spot and loved it. Since then I have bought four of five others.

Happy Birthday Manu!
posted by vanderwal at 5:23 PM on December 12, 2013

He 's pretty well-known in France, but 80 years old ! Impossible !
posted by nicolin at 8:27 AM on December 13, 2013

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