Apr 7, 2010

Manu Dibango - African Woodoo

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Rare Afrofunk & soul from Manu Dibango -- previously unreleased material Manu recorded from 1971 to 1975 with members of his Parisian band of the time and guests -- material he recorded for for film, television and advertisments with the Soul Paris Records label in Paris and New York! Not a heck of a lot is known about the sessions all these years later, but it's funky Afro soul in the style we know him for, and with tunes we can easily hear backing funky leftfield soundtracks at the time! Includes "Lagos Go Slow", "Du Bush A Bush", "Waliking To Waza". "Blowin' Western Mind", "Motapo", "Groovy Flute", "African Pop Session", "Coco In Central Park:, "Aphrodite Shake", "New Wood" and more. Over an hour of music!


There are dozens of compilations of music by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, one of the great globetrotters in world music, who brought the sound of his trademark &“Soul Makossa“ (that had little actual makossa in it) to Europe, the United States, Asia, and beyond. He has recorded with everyone from Sly & Robbie to Fela Kuti to Don Cherry. He has been recording since the 1960s, and criss-crossing the globe since 1972. That said, of all the compilations out there, this one is unique. First of all, its 17 tracks are all previously unreleased. Secondly, recorded in both France and in New York, the music contained herein was written and recorded for soundtracks and library recordings; meaning, of course, that apart from cinema, this music appeared in television programs and in commercial radio and television advertising. The list of musicians and complete discographical information is unavailable, but the French Fremaux & Associes imprint that compiled these sides has done an admirable job of getting Dibango to go into his memory banks and offer at least partial details. All of these tracks were cut between 1971 and 1975. The French recordings were easier because they contained players from his Parisian band: Jacques Bolognesi, Ivan Julien, François Jeanneau, and Slim Pezinhere. The sides recorded in New York contained guest musicians that were all jazz superstars, including drummer Tony Williams, bassist Buster Williams, and pianist Cedar Walton. Not surprisingly, the sounds here are of a wide variety, they are not only appealing, but stellar. The styles range from the Afro-beat sounds in &“Lagos Go Slow,” to the funky, African jazz of &“Da Bush a Bush,” to the Gato Barbieri-influenced Afro-Cuban jazz funk in &“Blowin’ Western Mind,” to straight-up exotica funk on &“Aphrodite Shake.” This set offers the many sides of one of Africa’s and the world’s most diverse musicians at his very best. Anyone who’s ever been interested in Dibango’s music will want this set. There are liners by Benjamin Goldstein, Jacques Denis, and Patrick Fremaux, and though they hold less actual historical information than the music fanatic would necessarily desire, they are aesthetically and culturally informative. In true label fashion, this set is attractively packaged and competitively priced.



01 - Lagos Go Slow [03:50]
02 - Du Bush A Bush [04:55]
03 - Walking To Waza [04:07]
04 - Blowin Western Mind [06:13]
05 - Motapo [05:26]
06 - Groovy Flute [02:37]
07 - African Pop Session [02:56]
08 - Coco In Central Park [06:35]
09 - Ba-Kuba [03:59]
10 - Ponda Maloko [04:20]
11 - Zoom 2000 [04:00]
12 - Coconut [02:17]
13 - Aphrodite Shake [03:28]
14 - New York Summer 75 [04:29]
15 - Jungle Riders [03:03]
16 - Moulema Na Moudi [03:35]
17 - Iron Wood [02:46]

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