He was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group African Jazz, and has collaborated with many other musicians, including Fania All Stars, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Ade, Don Cherry, and Sly and Robbie. In 1998 he recorded the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa.

The song "Soul Makossa" on the record of the same name contains the lyrics "makossa", which means "dance" in his native tongue, the Cameroonian language, Duala. It has influenced several popular music hits, including Michael Jackson’s “Wanna be starting something”, as well as his re-recording of that song with Akon, the Fugees' "Cowboys", and Rihanna’s "Don’t stop the music". The 1982 parody song “Boogie in your butt” by comedian Eddie Murphy interpolates Soul Makossa's bassline and horn charts while “Butt Naked Booty Bless” by 1990s hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers heavily samples its musical bridge and drum patterns.

He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation, with a high profile in disputes about artists' royalties. Dibango was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.

His song “Reggae Makossa” is featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. In August 2009 he played the closing concert at the revived Brecon Jazz Festival.

In August 2014 Manu Dibango was called to play two sold out concerts in Sao Paulo Brasil.


Manu Dibango - sax, vocals

Celine Cheynut Munan - background vocals

Isabel Gonzalez - background vocals

Jacques Conti Bilong - drums

Raymond Doumbe - bass

Julien Agazar - keyboards

For booking please contact:

Maurizio Della Fortuna - Live Music Band Agency