**2021 RSD, Limited to 1800, coloured vinyl**
Afro-Cuban: that term which set the world on fire, from rumba to boléro, mambo to cha-cha-cha, before salsa, that 70’s spicy sauce, took over from the others. But to speak truly, since the mists of times (of slavery), both Africa and Cuba aim to vamp that umbilical cord. The most recent example, CubAfrica, a record born from the reunion of a master from Africa and this very living institution from Cuba, during a show around Albi (in the south of France) where they were both headlining in spring 1996. Manu Dibango’s sax melted perfectly with the rural music of Eliadès Ochoa and his Cuarteto Patria, here’s the beginning of an idea.
Talking about Latino music, Manu Dibango has a history with it. First, during the early ’60s, from Douala to Abidjan and Paris, he was surrounded by as many Cuban tempos as afro, and a lot of descargas, this typical afro-Cuban jam sessions with a spicy jazzy touch, which were back in the circumstances back in the days. Later on, in the ’70s, invited in Puerto Rico by the Fania All-Stars, this dreamy salsa big band at its highest, Manu dressed his anthemic hit “Soul Makossa”, for a show (and then a record) of the anthology.