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Manu Dibango - AfroSoulJazz: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango (2000)

Jazz | Author: artmuss | 19-08-2013, 17:40
Manu Dibango - AfroSoulJazz: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango (2000)
Artist: Manu Dibango
Title Of Album: Afrosouljazz: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: Manteca / MANTCD016
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Afrobeat, Funk
Total Time: 69:10 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 498 mb

Review by Richie Unterberger
The dates of only a few of these 11 songs are given in the liner notes. It's certain that the 69 minutes of music spans the early '70s to the mid-'80s at the least, but beyond that, the chronology isn't laid out, leaving neophytes to wonder how much of his career this best-of surveys. Leaving that consideration aside, it's a reasonable representation of this important African musician's style, kicking off with his most famous song, "Soul Makossa" -- the first Afrobeat song to become an international smash (making the U.S. Top Forty in 1973), and one that was also important in launching disco as a popular style. "Ekedi" and "Africadelic" sound like they also date from around the early '70s, and are invigorating mixes of jazz, soul, and African music -- the mixture, of course, that helped launch African contemporary music into the global consciousness. Later outings from the late '70s have more of a disco flavor and are inferior to those earlier productions, though the bubbly African rhythms and synergy between different styles is still present. For "Electric Africa" in the mid-'80s, he collaborated with Herbie Hancock and Bill Laswell, which might have given him some cred with certain audiences, but the song has a stiff electro-funk feel that's dated. Although this anthology illustrates the importance of Dibango's contributions, one wishes there was a more in-depth scoop of early progressive work along the lines of "Africadelic," the best track here.


01. Soul Makossa 4:21
02. Ekedi 2:37
03. Africadelic 2:12
04. Sun Explosion 9:08
05. A Freak Sans Fric 8:35
06. Oh Koh 10:07
07. Poinciniana 3:49
08. Abele Dance 6:52
09. Electric Africa 11:22
10. Africa Boogie 4:18
11. Big Blow 5:43

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