Saturday, February 03, 2007

African Voodoo

Manu Dibango: Afro-Soul and Wa-Wa
From Africadelic (?, 1976)

In 2003, Africadelic was a "best of Manu Dibango". Recently re-edited in France by Hi&Fly Records (same french label for this post), Africadelic is a reedition of Manu Dibango original album. Above all, an obscure album. Between Soul Makossa and Obossa, the saxophonist produced Africadelic and African Voodoo. Whose album your can hear an extract on Paris Djs site. But it is the first version. The other version said that Africadelic was released in 1976 probably during his recording at Decca for Manu 76 and Super Kumba.

Liner notes of album I bought focuses on the first version. "A few years later, after the breakthrough of Soul Makossa all over the world, and under pressure from fans spellbound by the Afro-Soul-Thing, everyone agreed that it was not only obvious, but necessary to release Africadelic nationwide. So, it was through a misunderstanding, and thanx to the record company Mondiophone, that Manu Dibango's Africadelic became available in most good record shops in 1972".

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