Soul Makossa (Funky Soul Makossa)

Album: Electro Funk, Vol. 2 (1972)
Charted: 35


  • A native of Cameroon, Dibango 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. He passed away on March 24, 2020 in Paris after contracting coronavirus.
  • This song made the US Top 40 only briefly, but later became notable for two reasons. First is the 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.

    Its second claim to fame is the pop culture phenomenon 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. Some consider it the first disco record. >>
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    Joshua - Twin Cities, MN, for above 2

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySaxophonist, vibraphonist, and songwriter Manu Dibango passed away on March 24th, 2020 at a hospital in France of complications of COVID-19. He was 86 years old...
    Having grown up in Cameroon, Dibango attended high school in France, where he learned to play the saxophone. After leaving school, he began playing in Belgian nightclubs, then he became a member of the Congolese rumba group African Jazz. As a solo artist, Dibango collaborated with other notable musicians including Fela Kuti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Youssou Ndour, and Bernie Worrell. His “Soul Makossa”* was a Top 40 hit in 1973 and was widely covered by other artists. Its chanted refrain, “mama ko, mama sa, maka makossa,” was adapted by Michael Jackson for his 1983 hit “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and again by Rihanna for her 2007 “Don’t Stop the Music.” In 2009, Dibango sued both artists for using the hook without permission. Jackson admitted he borrowed the line and settled out of court...
    May he R.I.P.
    * "Soul Makossa" entered Billboard's Top 100 on June 17th, 1973 at position #88, five weeks later it would peak at #35 {for 2 weeks} and it spent nine weeks on the Top 100...
  • Michelle from Richmond, VaThe bass line from this song was sampled by Jay-Z's "Face Off" from the In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album
  • Mike from Fort Lauderdale, Fl(These lyricks have been written phonecticly and are not in the actual language intended)

    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


    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


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

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


    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
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