in my previous post on the Blue Elephant label I promised to highlight the Manu Dibango album (BE 877 041).  A few readers reacted eagerly to see and hear more, so here it is.

For some mysterious reasons the same album got a release on Pink Elephant (PE 877 068) as well. It is self-titled and the songs were recorded in Paris at the Sofrason Studios in 1973. Parts of this album originally appeared as the album “Makossa Man” (Fiesta 360 048, France) while “Pepe Soup” was added to the US release with the same title.  The Dutch release on Blue Elephant has  “New Bell”, “O Boso” as extra additions and a few other alternative tracks which make this album quite unique.

Manu Dibango album  Blue Elephant(BE 877 041)

side 1

1. New Bell

2. Pepe Soup

3. Sango Pous Pous

4. Mwassa Makossa

5. Ashiko Go

side 2

1. O Boso

2. Weya

3. Dangwa

4. Senga

5. Soul Makossa

All titles by Manu Dibango. Produced by J.P.Martin. Original Sofrason Recording 1973. Released in Holland 1974.

7 thoughts on “Blue Elephant -Manu Dibango 1974

  1. So here it is the Pink,Blue,Black Elephant.Thanks for that.This is one thing about the Dibango discography,an absolute minefield with criss cross releases all over.

    1. you may be right about the criss cross releases all over but remember that releases on Pink/Blue Elephant have some tracks that are not easily to find on other releases. The recordings may vary as well, like different versions of hits like Makossa etc.

  2. Yes,never thought about versions,still a very nice drop.Must also be one of the few records of his, where he is not on the cover !

  3. It is getting more interesting,just had a look at Discogs,and their version with the same number and cover,albeit in colour,has a different tracklisting.The tracklisting on yours corresponds with the album African Funk,which was Blue Elephant on the cover and Pink Elephant on the label.

    1. The version with the same catalognumber and coloured cover is in fact the Dutch 1973 release of the “O Boso” LP, with a “Black Elephant” labellogo on the cover and both center labels as “Blue Elephant”.

  4. would like to know if he would ever think about a concert in Brooklyn
    for all his Rock fans…. Rocking is a form of dancing to soul makossa

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