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 458,492 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Manu Dibango is the 134th most popular musician (up from 520th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Cameroon (up from 6th 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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  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.39

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  • 3.02

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Among musicians, Manu Dibango ranks 134 out of 2,675Before him are Malcolm Young, Jascha Heifetz, Nam June Paik, Lady Gaga, Nadia Boulanger, and Jerry Lee Lewis. After him are Ice-T, Itzhak Perlman, George Martin, Nick Mason, David Guetta, and Dave Brubeck.

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Among people born in 1933, Manu Dibango ranks 42Before him are Jerzy Grotowski, Jayne Mansfield, Gian Maria Volonté, Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, and Abolhassan Banisadr. After him are Steven Weinberg, Ali Shariati, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Joan Collins, Quincy Jones, and Samora Machel. Among people deceased in 2020, Manu Dibango ranks 46Before him are Juliette Gréco, Jānis Lūsis, Brian Dennehy, Dmitry Yazov, Per Olov Enquist, and John Horton Conway. After him are Diana Rigg, Stanley Ho, Ernesto Cardenal, Jerry Stiller, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Michael Lonsdale.

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In Cameroon

Among people born in Cameroon, Manu Dibango ranks 4 out of 115Before him are Paul Biya (1933), Roger Milla (1952), and Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696). After him are Samuel Eto'o (1981), Ahmadou Ahidjo (1924), Thomas N'Kono (1956), Issa Hayatou (1946), Patrick M'Boma (1970), Achille Mbembe (1957), Marc-Vivien Foé (1975), and Mongo Beti (1932).

Among MUSICIANS In Cameroon

Among musicians born in Cameroon, Manu Dibango ranks 1