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Soul Makossa

Legbamel Not-Pop

While I love Manu Dibango’s older afro-jazz classics, his 1994 release, “Wakafrika”, still holds the number one spot in my heart. On the album he’s teamed up with Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, King Sunny Adé, and Ladysmith Black Mombazo. They power through re-recordings of Biko, Homeless, and Emma with verve and style. Soul Makossa is, as on so many Dibango “Best of” albums, the first track.

Some folks prefer older versions of Soul Makossa, like this one from “Afridelic”, but the “Wakafrika” version stands out as a clean, powerful recording prefaced by Manu Dibango’s deep (and sexy) voice introducing the song. It’s also got a kick-ass horn section, which is no surprise with Dibango. Unfortunately, you can’t buy mp3s of the songs on “Wakafrika”, but the album is cheap and well worth the money.
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