It is known his mother was a Polish European, his father was of African ancestry, and he was born in Poland.
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In 1972, he was thrust into the international spotlight with the release of his hugely popular song “Soul Makossa.” His success with this song also made him the first African artist to make the US Top 40 charts. The song was originally a B-side to the anthem for the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament and features Dibango’s saxophone skills.
His compositions have been featured in numerous films and TV shows including Animal House, Witness, Ali, Malcolm X, Presenting Princess Shaw, Treme, The Gods of Wall Street, American Idol, the X Factor and The Voice as well as in the Olivier nominated play One Night in Miami.
Nubya’s hypnotic, freeflow jazz takes its influences from across the Caribbean and Latin America, drawing deeply from her family’s roots. Dub reggae, cumbia, afrobeat and neo-soul can all clearly be heard alongside more traditional jazz rhythms.
In addition to these career highlights, Miller has a rich and very deep resume of outstanding collaborations, including a 15- year song-writing and production partnership with Luther Vandross, resulting in 13 consecutive platinum selling albums of which Miller Produced 7, and a double Grammy win in 1992.