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Soul Makossa (Funky Soul Makossa)

by

Manu Dibango



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A native of Cameroon, Dibango has enjoyed a long career as a musician and songwriter, developing a fusion of Jazz and African musical styles. This song, which came early in his career, was introduced to American listeners by legendary New York City radio DJ Frankie Crocker.
This song made the US Top 40 only briefly, but later became notable for 2 reasons. The first is its refrain, "Ma-ma-se, ma-ma-sa, ma-ma-kossa," which Michael Jackson borrowed for his 1983 hit "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," but without Dibango's permission. Dibango eventually reached an out-of-court settlement with Jackson over the lyrics. The second reason is the genré, and the pop culture phenomenon, that the song set in motion. "Soul Makossa" was so popular as a dance song that its style began to be emulated and further developed by American dance musicians - and eventually took on a life of its own. As a result, this is now widely regarded as the first Disco record. (thanks, Joshua - Twin Cities, MN, for above 2)
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Comments (2):

The bass line from this song was sampled by Jay-Z's "Face Off" from the In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album
- Michelle, Richmond, VA
(These lyricks have been written phonecticly and are not in the actual language intended)

Makoosa...Akeela
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa

Heyyyy soul makoosa........Su maiyea
Heyyyy soul makoosa........Atteele

Heyyyy soul makoosa........Mosoma Mosoma
Heyyyy soul makoosa........coma coma coma coma coma coma coma coma coma coma coma

Tunga debo ombo e tunga nailso makosa

anaamoona sisi aooo yasal makosa

amona yeayea amona yeayea coma saou makosa

Tunga tunga umbo te tunga nesa makosa

Nikaso


Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa
Mama ko mama sa maka makoosa

Vido...he he

Nadea

Heyyyy soul makoosa...... Makine
Heyyyy soul makoosa......Mangola wakina

Heyyyy soul makoosa......MOSAMA!
Heyyyy soul makoosa............ynot domo


MOODOK!

mmmmm hmmmm

Tunga tunga umbo te tunga nesa makosa now

makoosa makoosa makoosa makoosa makoosa Bathaso mosoon


Yonse yonse batha yonse makoosa


Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa...........Ahfray way bali de salinglay makoosa
Heyyyy soul makoosa...........Mondiday oak amoon oohenga akyeah
Heyyyy soul makoosa...........Nadamo ahne money money
Heyyyy soul makoosa...........Musik ohano amoo
- Mike, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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