Cameroon born Manu Dibango, who was affectionately known as "Papy Groove" by his family & fans world wide, became one of the first African world stars through his 1972 hit “Soul Makossa” in the 70s. The song that became known around the world, had an astonishing fate. "Soul Makossa" started out as the B-side of a single, the A side "Hymne De La Coupe D'Afrique Des Nations" was an anthem for the Cameroonian football team at the African Cup of Nations. Spotted by a New York DJ, the track has touched thousand of lives. In 2009 Manu Dibango had accused Michael Jackson of plagiarism on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" a track from the album “Thriller” he used the "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" hook without his permission. An out of court financial agreement was reached after long negotiations.
Manu Dibango Interview
with Courtney Pine - Aye Africa
But he was more than just a Makossa Man:
In 1973 he went: Africadelic
Live 2019 at Burghausen
Adieu pour toujours, Papa Groove!
Your many fans will truly miss you!
Tribute to Manu Dibango, Makossa Man
BROWNSWOOD BASEMENT WITH GILLES PETERSON:
MANU DIBANGO TRIBUTE