Incredible stuff – a mind-blowing collection of work by Manu Dibango that offers some real gems that go way way past the hits! The package is divided up into different periods of Manu's career – his early recordings in France with Nino Ferrer, his Soul
Makossa years, his time in the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, and his revival at the end of the 80s. The real treat is the work with Ferrer – highlighted here in 7 recordings from 1967 to 1969, some of Dibango's earliest tunes – cut in a go-go funky soul
mode that's really really great. Other sides are excellent too – with a few big hits mixed in with other numbers we missed – making for a wonderful 15 track sampler that shows that Dibango always stayed strong, no matter what
the setting. Afro beats, funky sax, and lots of heavy bass all over the place – and a track list that includes "Wakafrica", "Dikalo", "Soul
Machine", "Je Veux Etre Noir", "Hot Chicken", "Sunday Morning", "From Congo", "Wouri", "Senga Abele", "Choc N Soul
Makossa", "Big Blow", "Duala Serenade", and "Goro City".