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A La Jamaique by Manu Dibango
Released: May 2006
Label: Soul Makossa
Any dance fan worth their salt salutes Manu Dibango. Trainspotters know that his 1972 opus Soul Makossa is often dubbed the first disco record, but it is 1980's A La Jamaique (also known as Gone Clear) that is the real masterwork. Every song kicks along with gleeful, funky, jazzy joy, the energy from Sly Dunbar's drumming and Robbie Shakespeare's bass fitting perfectly with Dibango's sax and vibes. "Goro City" is the standout – best heard at speed on a sunny day in a soft top.
Nicholas Baker
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