MANU DIBANGO Manu Dibango 1971-1978 (aka Collection Blanche) 1979
256+ VBR LAME mp3 Vinyl rip & scans from Festival ALB 365
If you've already grabbed all the available releases from Dibango's discography post at Soundological, this collection still holds five exclusive treats for you: "Rencontre," "Soukouss," "Besoka On Salsa," "Biso" and "Idiba." None of them appear on any of the albums linked in that discog and since it is the single most-visited post at S.I., offering it here seemed a pretty simple way to make at least a few folks happy! Hopefully it also helps E-mile on his (relatively) new mix series, Africa Calling. If you like music from the mother continent, check out all four volumes!
Of most interest to Dibango fans are the rare tracks "Biso" and "Idiba" which have not made other compilations and are otherwise only available on the 1971 album Soma Loba or the Festival repressing of that LP from the same year, simply called Manu Dibango. As such, they pre-date the afrobeat direction and are more along the lines of the rhumba/souk sound popular in the region during the late 60s and early 70s.
Some of the other rarities not appearing on the discog post include "Rencontre" and "Soukouss," both from the Accord collection Soul Makossa released in 1985. The latter (along with "Besoka On Salsa") are otherwise only available on b-sides of singles or, appropriately enough, on the 2002 collection B-Sides, released by Dibango's own Soul Makossa records.
1 Soul Makossa 2 Kata Kata 3 Rencontre 4 Soukouss 5 Besoka On Salsa 6 Touba 7 Hibicus 8 Biso 9 Idiba 10 Wasa N'dolo 11 Nights In Zeralda 12 Oa Na Mba 13 Lakisane 14 Wild Man In The City
Soundological's Manu mission continues with part I HERE or HERE and part II HERE or HERE.