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Manu Dibango - Electric Africa

(Colored Vinyl LP)

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1985's Electric Africa hooked Manu Dibango and the Soul Makossa Gang up with New York avant garde producer Bill Laswell, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard player Bernie Worrell, Pan African synthesist Wally Badarou, New York guitarist Nicky Scopelitis, African drummer Aiyb Dieng and Malian kora virtuoso Mory Kante. The recording gave Manu and Laswell license to fuse synthesizers and kora, talking drums and samples, ngoni and electric guitar. What it all boils down to is world beat in its truest sense.

Electric Africa remains one of Manu's strongest albums. His deep growl of a honey and sandpaper voice and the energetic honk of his saxophone merge with the seamless samples and the myriad hand percussion and overt funkiness of his band. Hancock plays on three tracks, contributing an amazing electric piano solo on the title cut and interacting with Manu's sax while weaving to the warp of Kante's kora during "L'arbre a Palabres." Similarly but more subtly, Laswell, Badarou and Worrell play dueling synthesizers in and around the band throughout "Pata Piya." All of this results in an hypnotic and upbeat Afro-funk classic that will rock your body and mind.

• Colored LP
• All-star line-up featuring Herbie Hancock, Mory Kante & Bernie Worrell
• Back on vinyl for the first time since 1985
• Comes with the original 1985 artwork & obi strip

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