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Manu Dibango

1933 - 2020

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Emmanuel N'Djoké "Manu" Dibango (12 December 1933 – 24 March 2020) was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, while his mother was a Duala. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Manu Dibango has received more than 560,248 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Manu Dibango is the 291st most popular musician (down from 134th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Cameroon (down from 4th in 2019) and the most popular Cameroonian Musician.

Manu Dibango is a Cameroonian saxophonist and singer. He is most famous for his song "Soul Makossa" which helped introduce African music to the world.

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  • 560k

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  • 58.56

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 38

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.50

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Manu Dibango ranks 291 out of 2,662Before him are Ornette Coleman, Igor Oistrakh, Sixto Rodriguez, Eric Carr, Charles Mingus, and PJ Harvey. After him are Stig Anderson, Joe Jackson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Fela Kuti, Count Basie, and Lisa Gerrard.

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Among people born in 1933, Manu Dibango ranks 91Before him are Yuri Oganessian, Nino Vaccarella, Peter Mansfield, David Hamilton, Cees Nooteboom, and Teresa Berganza. After him are Walter Kasper, Lea Massari, Godfried Danneels, Hisataka Okamoto, Franz, Duke of Bavaria, and Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Among people deceased in 2020, Manu Dibango ranks 85Before him are Honor Blackman, Freeman Dyson, Maj Sjöwall, Chadwick Boseman, John Horton Conway, and Chuck Yeager. After him are Jerry Stiller, Radomir Antić, Momčilo Krajišnik, Peter Green, Mark Blum, and Kang Kek Iew.

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In Cameroon

Among people born in Cameroon, Manu Dibango ranks 6 out of 132Before him are Paul Biya (1933), Roger Milla (1952), Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696), Ahmadou Ahidjo (1924), and Samuel Eto'o (1981). After him are Issa Hayatou (1946), Thomas N'Kono (1956), Patrick M'Boma (1970), Christian Tumi (1930), Marc-Vivien Foé (1975), and Samuel Umtiti (1993).

Among MUSICIANS In Cameroon

Among musicians born in Cameroon, Manu Dibango ranks 1