Artist Focus: Manu Dibango

Some artists leave a legacy that stretches far beyond a great single or a number 1 album 

Artist Focus is a new Sunday series hosted by the extended Melodic Distraction family that deep dives into the life and times of the musicians that have defined the sound of modern music. From the stone cold classics to the unearthed gems and forgotten B-sides, our community tribute an hour of music by a single artist that has had a notable impact on their life.

Emmanuel N’Djok√© AKA “Manu” Dibango, was a Cameroonian musician who sadly passed away from COVID last March. He was born in 1933, and he released over 40 albums, from 1969 to 2014. He was a soul pioneer and amongst other artist he collaborated with Fela Kuti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Ade, Herbie Handcock or the Fania All Stars. Manu Digango moved to France in 1948, when he was just 15 and he was the African soul pioneer. Selected by Anti Social Jazz Club’s XGFarru.