Soul Makossa  

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"One of the most spectacular discotheque records in recent months is a perfect example of the genre: Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa."--"Discotheque rock '73: Paaaaarty!" (1973) by Vince Aletti

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"Soul Makossa" is a 1972 single by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. First introduced to American audiences by New York radio DJ Frankie Crocker, it is regarded as the first disco record.

It is probably best remembered for the chanted vocal refrain "Mama-ko, mama-sa, mama-ma-ko-sa", which was also used in Michael Jackson's 1983 "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (albeit in a different key and time signature) during the song's final bridge. Dibango's lawyers obtained compensation in an out-of-court settlement claiming Jackson had stolen the chorus from Dibango.

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See also

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Mama-ko, mama-sa, mama-ma-ko-sa




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