HIS SYMPHONIC SAFARI
Africa wins over the Bastille through its music
Throughout the 60 years of his career, Manu Dibango has always strived to abolish the frontiers between various styles of music, a feature which gives his music and his shows its unique coloring. This nomadic temperament has now led him to offer the public an unprecedented show: « Symphonic Safari ».
SYMPHONIC SAFARI is a fascinating trip through the roots of black music originating in Africa, a clever mix of traditional rythms from his native Cameroon and jazzy tones, the sounds of a tropical rainforest, the breath of a desert wind, all joining in a meeting with the purest tradition of classical European music.
This encounter between Europe and Africa makes up the very essence of how Manu defines this fusion: « Afropean » music. A prominent place is given to singing and to the breath of Manu Dibango’s saxophone, magnified by the energy of the symphonic orchestrations.
This show — which has not yet premiered — also explores the new directions taken by classical music, and its possible combinations with jazz, blues and all forms of African music. Not limiting itself simply to Manu Dibango’s musical repertoire — whose arrangements have been newly restructured for the circumstance — the symphonic orchestra will also perform a few works from the classical repertoire.
SYMPHONIC SAFARI really merges two orchestras: Manu Dibango’s « Soul Makossa Gang », on the one hand, and the symphonic orchestra, on the other.