Personally my favorite part of MJ's 'Wanna Be Starting Something' is the infamous break at the end when the beat drops and MJ starts singing:
Ma Ma Se,
Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma ko Sa
Ma Ma Se, Ma Ma Sa,
Ma Ma ko Sa
A few people already know that the the original inspiration for that break was from 'Soul Makoussa', a song by an incredible African (Cameroonian) Saxaphone artist named Manu Dibango. Most people might not know who he is, but have heard the song 'Soul Makossa' which was originally a B-side but slowly became a club and radio anthem in the 70s.
Makossa means Dance in Duala a Cameroonian language.
Michael Jackson was not the only artist that drew inspiration from the concept of 'Soul Makossa'. A tribe called Quest, Jay-Z and Rihanna have also been inspired by the 'Soul Mokassa' too.
This song has clearly had a very deep influence over some incredible artists, as it has an incredibly festive and celebratory affect on the dance floor.
Check it out:)