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Saturday December 5th, 2020 with Elorious Cain
'AFRIKA RETRO VIBRATIONZ' 4 (repeat broadcast)* Feb. 23rd, 2019

When JOSEPH "LE GRANDE KALLE" KABASELE welcomed the Cameroonian multi-instrumentalist MANU DIBANGO into the legendary band AFRICAN JAZZ he sensed that this talented and well trained musician would become important. He encouraged MANU DIBANGO's ambitions to experiment with combining Congolese music with Funk and Soul just as almost everybody else was doing the same with Latin and French Caribbean musical styles. MANU DIBANGO opened his own club that was called The TAM TAM. His productions during the 1960's and early 1970's proceeded to change the course of popular music. His impact on the development of different genres of discotheque music has been monumental. No other single artist has provided a direct connection between the richly musical passions of the Congolese Rumba "belle epoque" and the explosive "disco boom" that dominated the 1970's. The very impact of his experiments in the 1960's and 1970's are still being felt today! We've attempted to give you as many examples we can fit in: First and foremost there was his early "Hallelouia" 7" single combining Rumba with the wildly popular (in the discotheques at the time) Twist first introduced by American R&B singer CHUBBY CHECKER. Beyond its controversy it is demanding and endearing. DJs are still spinning in; if they're fortunate enough to find it! Italian dj Luis Soulful Torino wrote "Whenever I play it, in Italian clubs, around Europe and even at wedding parties, the crowd goes crazy. What a record!" Numerous funky MANU DIBANGO records in the 1960's and early 1970's became popular in discos in France and Italy like "Dikalo", "Afro-Soul" and "Soul Machine". His early albums like 'Saxy-Party' from 1969 and 'Africadelic' from 1973 were vital parts of the collections of thousands of European and Nigerian discotheques. The impact of DIBANGO'S 1972 song "Soul Makossa" is also still being felt around the planet. The fact of the matter is that no other recording has had so much influence on the development of discotheque music. It radically altered the atmosphere of the industry in the early 1970's while it slowly became one of the most popular discotheque standards. As early as 1974 other artists began to record cover versions and by the early 1990's there were countless samples and musical allusions: tributes to a gem that has entered the consciousness of billions! The most popular and notable of which is by the late MICHAEL JACKSON with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" from the 'Thriller' album. To celebrate the importance and brilliance of "Soul Makossa" we have included four alternate versions that are either by MANU DIBANGO, recorded with him, or formally including his recorded voice. They include a Reggae version MANU DIBANGO released in 1980, a Nu Soul version MANU DIBANGO recorded with the French duo LES NUBIANS in 2011 and current variation of the song recorded by the legendary "Roi de Disco" CERRONE called "FUNK MAKOSSA". We are ending the show with contemporary Rumba from Cuba with a strange take on that song: "Rumba Makossa" that MANU DIBANGO recorded with EL CUARTETO PATRIA. We began with Congolese Rumba and we end with contemporary Cuban Rumba! This show only offers a small sample of the music of MANU DIBANGO. He has other 50 albums and countless singles. His collaborations with Pop and Jazz artists are numerous! Not included on this show also is his work with the late FELA KUTI and the late CHARLOTTE MBANGO. To view the original playlist go to the link:
Several announcers here at CKCU did their own tributes to MANU DIBANGO this year including :
DAVID DALLE on Thursday April 2nd, 2020! Here is the link to that brilliant show:
STEVE NEIL on the popular show 'SATURDAY MORNING' aired on Saturday April 11, 2020! Here is the link to that show:
JAFRIKAYITI on the show 'RENDEZ-VOUS HAÏTIEN' aired on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. Here is the link to that show:
CHRIS IKONOMOPOULOS on his show 'TURN UP THE RADIO' aired on Monday March 30th, 2020! Here is the link for that show:
We also can't forget about the incredible two part tribute TREVOR WALKER presented on his amazing 'FRIDAY DRIVE' show aired on Friday March 27th, 2020 and Friday April 3rd, 2020. There is also the very danceable "lifeboogie<3Manu" Tribute Mix available on TREVOR WALKER'S "SOUNDCLOUD" page. After the links to the 'FRIDAY DRIVE' show we have provided the link to that site:
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1:08 PM, December 5th, 2020
Elorious Cain (host)
Merci pour votre écoute de cette émission

1:21 PM, December 5th, 2020
Wicked jazzfunk

1:44 PM, December 5th, 2020
Elorious Cain (host)
Manu Dibango was often referred to as a jazz artist, Stoller. Not withstanding his obvious incredible contribution to discotheque music, a Jazz show could do an entirely different show about Dibango.

1:49 PM, December 5th, 2020