Manu Dibango Performs in Kenya

The legendary African saxophonist will be headlining one of Kenya’s largest music festival, The Koroga Festival Sunday May 8, 2016.

Dibango who is already in Kenya, will be performing alongside his band Soul Makossa Gang in the bi-monthly festival alongside other African artists. 

The Koroga Festival will be happening at Kenya’s capital city Nairobi and is expected to attract one of the largest crowd who will show up to watch the grand performance from the 82-year-old influential figure.

Manu Dibango has chucked out hit after hit throughout his illustrious career spanning over five decades with over 72 albums to his name. His 1972 hit song Soul Makossa propelled him to success and has been widely sampled by various artists including Michael Jackson and most recently Rihanna and a host of Hip Hop beat makers who have sampled his works to produce Hip Hop classics.

Many claim that the funky Soul Makossa tune led to the birth of disco music that was the in-thing in the late 70s to 80s.  The Jazz maestro is one of the best saxophonists in the world and a force to reckon with when it comes to versatility having played almost every style of music, Dibango’s music fuses funk, jazz, soul, rock, reggae with traditional Cameroon music.

Manu Dibango nicknamed ‘the lion of Cameroon’ originally trained in classical piano, his music career began in Brussels and Paris in the 50s, later in 1960 he became a member of African Jazz led by Joseph Kabasele(Le Grand Kalle) Dibango later on formed his own band in Cameroon in 1963, he later on moved to Paris in 1965 to persue his passion but his breakthrough came in 1972 with release of Soul Makossa.

In 2007, Manu Dibango released ‘The Lion of Africa’ which marked the celebration of his 50 years in the music scene. In 2011 just four years after the release of his tribute project to the great jazz composer, Sydney Bechet who was an influential force in his music career, Dibango released a project dubbed Past Present Future which was delivered together with a new version of ‘Soul Makossa’ which he released together with Wayne Backford.

Dibango’s original biography was originally published in French in 1989, the English translation, Three Kilos of Coffee was published in 1904 a book which details the artists personal experiences. He has performed alongside a number of top musicians from all over the world including Richard Bona, Claude Deppa, Tony Allen, Cuban Clave Y Guaguanco.

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