Manu Dibango (1933–2020)

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Manu Dibango was born on December 12, 1933 in Douala, Cameroon as Emmanuel Dibango N'Djocke. He is known for his work on Ride Along (2014), Colors (1988) and Cop's Honour (1985). He died on March 24, 2020 in Melun, Seine-et-Marne, France. See full bio »

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Known For

Ride Along Soundtrack
Colors Soundtrack
Cop's Honour Soundtrack
Less Than Zero Soundtrack


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  Little America (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2020) (writer - 1 episode, 2020)
- The Baker (2020) ... (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2019 Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (Documentary) (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2018 Studio 54 (Documentary) (writer: "Soul Makossa")
  Vinyl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Rock and Roll Queen (2016) ... (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2015 Glastonbury 2015 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Day 2: Part 2 (2015) ... (writer: "Lost in the World")
 2014 Ride Along (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2013 Battle of the Year (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2012 The Secret Disco Revolution (Documentary) (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2012) ... (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 2011 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Documentary) (performer: "Soul Makossa" ) / (writer: "Soul Makossa" )
 2010/I Runaway (Short) (performer: "Lost in the World" - uncredited) / (writer: "Lost in the World" - uncredited)
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) ("New Bell", uncredited)
 2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) (performer: "Reggae Makossa")
 2004 Sacred Planet (Documentary short) (writer: "North")
 2003 Crooked Lines (performer: "Soul Makusa") / (writer: "Soul Makusa")
 2002 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Everybody Hurts (2002) ... (performer: "Em'ma")
 2001 Sex and the City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Baby, Talk Is Cheap (2001) ... (writer: "North")
 1996 Gotti (TV Movie) (writer: "Soul Makossa" - uncredited)
 1994 Crooklyn (performer: "Soul Makossa") / (writer: "Soul Makossa")
 1993 Questions pour un champion (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 June 1993 (1993) ... (performer: "C'est si bon")
 1989 How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (music: "On vit de femmes")
 1988 Colors (performer: "Makossa '87") / (writer: "Makossa '87")
 1987 Less Than Zero (lyrics: "Abele Dance") / (music: "Abele Dance") / (performer: "Abele Dance")
 1985-1986 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Payback (1986) ... (writer: "Bass and Trouble" - uncredited)
- Bought and Paid For (1985) ... (writer: "Bass and Trouble" - uncredited)
 1985 Cop's Honour (performer: "Abele Dance") / (writer: "Abele Dance")
 1976 Salsa (Documentary) (arranger: "Soul Makossa" (New York)) / (writer: "Soul Makossa" (New York), "Soul Makossa" (Puerto Rico))
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Had a #1 song in 1973, "Soul Makossa" (Atlantic)

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Personal Quote:

I play different kinds of music before playing my own. I think that that's very important, to play other people's music. As you are African they expect you always to play African. Forget that. You're not a musician because you're African. You're a musician because you are musician. Coming from Africa, but first, musician.


He was a saxophonist, best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa. He blended jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon. See more »


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