In August 2014, Rhumba legend Papa Wemba (R.I.P) performed in Nairobi at the bi-monthly music extravaganza, Koroga Festival. He was simply electric! It’s sad that barely two years after his thrilling show in Kenya, we had to say goodbye to the Congolese maestro last week, after he collapsed and died in the middle of a performance in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Months after his Nairobi fete, other great African music legends have come forth to perform at the music event. Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, South Africa’s Yvonne Chakachaka, Senegal’s Baaba Maal and Wemba’s long-time protégé Koffi Olomide followed months later.
On May 8th, the legendary Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player, Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango, popularly know as Manu Dibango, was on the same stage doing what he knows best at the Arboretum Gardens.
The 82-year-old veteran jazz musician, who rose to worldwide fame thanks to his 1972 monstrous hit, Soul Makossa, headlined the music extravaganza, alongside his incredible band, the Soul Makossa Gang. He shared the stage with renowned artists such as Uganda’s Maurice Kirya, Kenya’s Edward Parseen and The Different Faces Band and singer June Gachui.
Dibango showcased his incredible expertise on the sax as he belted his hit songs. The show was simply amazing to say the least.
Check out some photos from the live event: