Friday, July 17, 2009

Get Your 'Makossa' On!

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:)