Goodbye Manu Dipango … King of the African Jazz


After its global outbreak and the loss of control in many countries, the Corona virus began to claim more lives in which it planted copies of its deadly seeds. He is writing down in his victims’ record the first famous musical figures, the musical Cameroonian (and singer) old Cameroonian Manu Dipango, whose long-lunged lungs surrendered into the wind instrument of making live dancing melodies.Africa was said not to be exposed. Dark-skinned people were said to have exceptional immunity. Between science and popular theory, much has been said. But, until now, the virus heard everything that was said, smiled slyly, scoffed at scientists and equated them with simplicity, then wiped its sweat and polished its crowns and continued the work on the subjugation of the globe, displacing mankind: I am the king.
Here is the brown continent, many countries report injuries and deaths, and here is the brown Cameroonian saxophonist, “Papa Mano”, handing over the soul at the age of 86 years, with the indication that the great tenor Palacido Domingo also announced his injury to Corona.
Manu Dipango is a very popular art figure. All media outlets describe him, and described him after the announcement of his death, as a myth. This is true, but we add, as a matter of accuracy and correction, that it is a legend in the world of artistic fame, not a musical legend. Its reputation is greater than its musical heritage, and this happens in the world of music, and the opposite also happens. There are great people in music who are not as famous as Dipango, and many like him whose names enjoy a global reach, but their musical value is not relatively important. This usually happens when one artist’s work spreads dramatically and strangely, in which fate plays an essential role. If we review all the articles and writings related to Manu Dipango, before and after his departure, we find in it a common denominator that he is the owner of the song Soul Makossa … It is one song and not even a complete album. We read her address wherever her name appears, and we do not read another address for it. Even his band, or one of the combinations with which the world toured and performed concerts (among them one in Beirut) bears the name The Soul Makossa Gang… It is luck, he smiles at a character, just as he frowns on another face, creating cases marred by a defect in justice, which history will correct. Later. As for the additional boost to the popularity of the Dipango song, it is the lawsuit filed by its owner on Michael Jackson (Wanna Be Starting Something) and after him, on Rihanna (Please don’t stop the music), after he accused each of them of borrowing elements of his work without permission prior.
Depango was born in Cameroon in 1933, moved to France to study in the late 1940s, and learned to play at the same time on several instruments such as piano and mandolin, before a friend gave him a saxophone that he no longer needed. The brown boy drank jazz classics and later heard experiences born in the 1960s and 1970s, from Vank, Saul and Fusion, and he brewed them with what he inherited in genes and from the first ocean: African rhythms and rhythms that had essentially fueled North American music and mixed with Spanish tones in Latin America. He started working alongside other artists (mainly French, most notably Nino Ferrer) and then made his own works in the late 1960s before releasing his famous song mentioned above and it was signed by an American DJ and broadcasting it to the audience, and the explosion that made Debango a name required in other musical styles .

It belongs to a style that combines jazz, funk, soul and African music

This was used by the stars of the serious French folk song such as Gilbert Picot and Serge Gainsbourg, as it was characterized by a tone (puff) in which some momentum was enveloped by a special “hoarseness”, which we find a great deal among African musicians who mastered the saxophone and were influenced by black American music. After that, he went to concerts in Europe and the world, before arriving to Lebanon, through “Liban Jazz” in April 2015, to present with his band one evening in Beirut, and on that day he said: Lebanon may be among the ten countries that I have not been able to Play it yet.
Dibango belongs to a great style, combining jazz, funk, soul and music (tonal and rhythm) of Cameroonian and African ethnicity in general. He has musical compositions and songs, released in dozens of albums, the last of which dates back to 2013, but his actual activities are the concerts that count in the thousands in his career, and he continued to revive them despite his advanced age. He visited the audience early last month at a theater in Montpellier (southern France), before he was infected with the virus, which disrupted the calendar of live music activities in most countries, and before he began toppling top names in this field. The first victim is Manu Dipango, whose name is on the top of a list that we hope will not last, but, unfortunately, it may.


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