Manu Dibango – Ambassador

Great early 80’s album from Cameroonian Manu Dibango, who plays all solo saxophone and marimbas on the record. Known mostly outside of world music for Soul Makossa and “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa”, 1981’s Ambassador is full of awesome grooves and was recorded in Kingston, at Compass Point in Nassau, in New York, Paris and London. This is the first Manu Dibango album I have listened to in its entirety, and I really enjoyed the wide styles incorporated on this album, including funk, soul, jazz and dub. Its a great first album to buy from Manu Dibango, and I’ll be looking out for any albums from this UNESCO Artist For Peace that I can find.