Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'  

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"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" is a 1983 single released from Michael Jackson's multi-platinum selling 1982 album Thriller. Probably most remembered is the chanted refrain "Mama-ko, mama-sa, mama-ma-ko-sa", featured prominently during the song's final bridge. With regard to this chant, writer Mark Anthony Neal says: "The lyrics (utterings really) were taken directly from the music of Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango who broke into the American market in 1973 with his classic 'Soul Makossa'." The chant was then sampled in Barbadian singer Rihanna's hit dance single Don't Stop The Music.

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