Manu Dibango Rank
About Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who was most proficient on the saxophone as well as vibraphone. His professional career dates back to the 1960s. And his signature work is a 1972 track entitled “Soul Makossa”, which has been heavily sampled by other musicians.
Musicians who have utilized “Soul Makossa” include the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band (1974), Michael Jackson (1982), Milli Vanilli (1988), the Fugees (1996), Jay-Z (1997), Will Smith (1998), Jennifer Lopez (2000), Rihanna (2007), Kanye West (2010) and many others.
He has released approximately 70 albums over his music career, which lasted well over 4 decades.
The ending of Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit “Wanna Be Startin' Something” was derived from “Soul Makossa”.
In 2009 he sued both Michael Jackson and Rihanna. He sued Michael for utilizing lyrics from “Soul Makossa” without permission and then Rihanna for sampling Jackson’s usage herself on her 2007 track “Don’t Stop the Music”.
He passed away after contracting the coronavirus.
Manu Dibango Rank
Manu Dibango's Popularity
Manu Dibango was a famous Cameroonian musician, who was born on December 12, 1933. As a person born on this date, Manu Dibango is listed in our database as the 85th most popular celebrity for the day (December 12) and the 149th most popular for the year (1933).
People born on December 12 fall under the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Manu Dibango is the 2671st most popular Sagittarius.
Aside from information specific to Manu Dibango's birthday, Manu Dibango is the 3rd most famous Cameroon.
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