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Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango (Foto: Selbymay, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-4.0)On 24 March 2020, Cameroonian musician and songwriter Manu Dibango (1933-2020) died from Covid-19. He "had been making music for 60 years, traveling constantly between styles and genres, Africa and Europe, continuously escaping categorization. A brilliant saxophonist, who also mastered the vibraphone, he was most comfortable with jazz, adopting and adapting different African musical traditions throughout his life. It was the song “Soul Makossa” (1972) that brought him global popularity. (…)
Dibango lived in France almost all his life, having left Cameroon at the age of fifteen. The early departure made him a foreigner, as he wrote in his autobiography published in 1989 (English version 1994), both in France, where he stood out due to his skin color, and in Cameroon, where the privilege to leave the country was such a big step, that it distanced him from his fellow Cameroonians (…).
When asked in 2018, aged 84, if he planned to retire, he answered: “Why do you want me to retire? I am still in love with music. I will play music up to the end” (“Manu Dibango – Last”). And so he did. (...)."
(Cited from Anja Brunner: Manu Dibango 1933–2020, in : Rock music studies. Published online: 07 Dec 2020, open access.)
Photo: Concert by Manu Dibango on the Festival Les Escales, Saint-Nazaire, July 2019. Credit: Selbymay, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Selected publications

Manu Dibango 1933–2020 / Anja Brunner.
In: Rock music studies. Published online: 07 Dec 2020
In: Hommes & migrations, 2020-07-17 (1330), p.228-233
In: African lives : an anthology of memoirs and autobiographies / Geoff Wisner. - Boulder, Colorado : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013
Three kilos of coffee : an autobiography / Manu Dibango. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
See also Manu Dibango on Muziekweb, MusicBrainz; Video: Leo Blokkhuis in coversation with Manu Dibango (Top 2000 a gogo, 2013)
Manu Dibango performing at the Dunya festival in Rotterdam (in 2003?)

Timeline of Manu Dibango via Wikidata