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Three Kilos of Coffee: An Autobiography

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In 1948, at the age of fifteen, Manu Dibango left Africa for France, bearing three kilos of coffee for his adopted family and little else. This book chronicles Manu Dibango's remarkable rise from his birth in Douala, Cameroon, to his worldwide successwith Soul Makossa in 1972as the first African musician ever to record a top 40s hit.

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Paperback, 158 pages
Published October 3rd 1994 by University of Chicago Press
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Samb Hicks
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of the man's music, I was intrigued to read his autobiography. It is of note that it was translated from French by Beth G. Raps, from a text essentially co-written by Danielle Rouard. All this stems from the fact that Dibango is from Cameroon and he, his manager and the publishing company felt it best if he had help since French was not his first language.
I quite liked the book, but must add that I'm biased from his music. I imagine your average reader would find it a bit dry
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Fascinating autobiography of Cameroon's most famous musician, who straddled three worlds (Africa, Europe, America) creating music from the blend.
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Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango (born 12 December 1933) is a Cameroonian musician and song-writer who plays saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa".

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“Back home, people considered me European, and Europe treated me as an American. For Uncle Sam, I was an African making African music.” 0 likes
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