A rare bit of funk from Manu Dibango – one of numerous iterations of the Soul Makossa LP that was issued in '72! It's an incredible record – even if, or perhaps because the title track was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by more groups than we care to count! The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!), plus it's got some excellent production tricks, including a lot of echo, that really enhance the vibe of the set. Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! This LP features 8 numbers in all, including "O Boso", "Dangwa", "Ngosso", "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Soul Makossa", "Wild Man In The City", and "Nights In Zeralda". (Original French pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.) © 1996-2013, Dusty Groove, Inc.