Wakafrika

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Among American audiences, Manu Dibango is best known for "Soul Makossa," a highly infectious blend of African music, soul-funk, and jazz that became a major pop hit in the early '70s. The African artist revisited his signature tune on 1994's Wakafrika, which boasts an all-star cast that includes Peter Gabriel as well as Haiti's Papa Wemba and African heroes Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Ade, and Youssou N'Dour. With such a stellar bunch of guests, Wakafrika should have been outstanding instead of simply decent. But while it isn't the all-out masterpiece it should have been, there's a lot that's enjoyable on this CD, including the reggae-influenced "Em'ma," a remake...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Among American audiences, Manu Dibango is best known for "Soul Makossa," a highly infectious blend of African music, soul-funk, and jazz that became a major pop hit in the early '70s. The African artist revisited his signature tune on 1994's Wakafrika, which boasts an all-star cast that includes Peter Gabriel as well as Haiti's Papa Wemba and African heroes Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Ade, and Youssou N'Dour. With such a stellar bunch of guests, Wakafrika should have been outstanding instead of simply decent. But while it isn't the all-out masterpiece it should have been, there's a lot that's enjoyable on this CD, including the reggae-influenced "Em'ma," a remake of Gabriel's "Biko," and the "Makossa-ish" jams "Wakafrika" and "Jingo." Though likable enough, Dibango's new version of "Soul Makossa" falls short of the excellence of the original -- but then, one couldn't realistically expect him to improve on perfection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/1994
  • Label: Giant Records / Wea
  • UPC: 075992456623
  • Catalog Number: 24566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Makossa (5:40)
  2. 2 Biko - Sinéad O'Connor (5:13)
  3. 3 Wakafrika (4:48)
  4. 4 Em'ma (6:00)
  5. 5 Homeless (3:46)
  6. 6 Lady (5:32)
  7. 7 Hi-Life (5:42)
  8. 8 Wimoweh (4:20)
  9. 9 Ami Oh! (4:43)
  10. 10 Jingo (5:09)
  11. 11 Pata Pata (4:04)
  12. 12 Diarabi (4:59)
  13. 13 Ça Va Chouia (7:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manu Dibango Primary Artist, Percussion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
King Sunny Ade Track Performer
Salif Keita Track Performer
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Track Performer
Papa Wemba Track Performer
Peter Gabriel Keyboards, Track Performer
Tony Allen Percussion, Drums
Bonga Track Performer
Geoffrey Oryema Track Performer
Ray Lema Keyboards, Track Performer
George Acogny Loops
Alex Brown Background Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Fisher Percussion
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Manu Katché Drums
Angélique Kidjo Track Performer
Touré Kunda Background Vocals, Track Performer
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Jerry Bokilo Malekani Guitar
Andre Manga Bass, Bandleader
Francis Mbappe Bass
Fred McFarlane Keyboards
Dominic Miller Guitar
Youssou N'Dour Track Performer
Vincent Nguini Guitar
Sinéad O'Connor Background Vocals
Ray Phiri Track Performer
Felix Sabal-Lecco Drums
Assane Thaim Percussion
Brice Wassy Percussion, Drums
Tom Yoms Background Vocals
David Williams Guitar
Moriba Koïta N'Goni
François Moity Keyboards
David Lewis Trumpet
Olivier Besenval Drums
Laurent Coatalen Percussion
Kaïssa Doumbé Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Salif Keita Contributor
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Contributor
Papa Wemba Contributor
Geoffrey Oryema Contributor
Ray Lema Programming
Paolo Salvatore Assistant Executive Producer
Manu Dibango Arranger
George Acogny Arranger, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Peter Doell Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jay Healy Engineer
Angélique Kidjo Contributor
Hugo Peretti Composer
Francis Mbappe Programming
Youssou N'Dour Contributor
Ray Phiri Contributor
Jess Sutcliffe Engineer
George David Weiss Composer
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio Engineer
Rod Beale Programming, Engineer
Moriba Koïta Contributor
Nuit de Chine Art Direction
Albert Stanton Composer
Bernie Brundman Mastering
Manfred Ebanda Composer
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