was born in Cameroon, a country in Central Africa
off the Gulf of Guinea.
Born in 1933, he started his musical career in
Brussel and Paris during the late 1950s.
He would go on to achieve accolades as a
(image from brandcameroon.com):
is credited widely as being one of the creators of disco music
In 1972 he released the internationally acclaimed, mostly instrumental piece
a synergy of musical styles from afro-soul, disco, funk, big band to makossa-
the dancehall music of his native Cameroon.
With the incredible success of his hit Soul Makossa
became the first African musician to reach
the top 40 of the American music charts.
Nicknamed “the lion of Cameroon”
Mr. Dibango continues to roar.
His last London performance was in 2013 at the Barbican Centre.
He was 80 years old!
A mighty roar
from Manu Dibango