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Morning Song – Soul Makossa

January 13, 2016

The waters of music are like the ocean—ceaselessly flowing back and forth in unpredictable fashion.  How else to explain that a song cut by Cameroonian jazz-funk-Afropop pioneer Manu Dibango traveled over 5,000 miles (before the internet existed, ask the old folks about it) to became one of the first disco hits in New York City and was so irresistible that not one, but two generations of American and Caribbean singers wove it into their own hit records?

There’s something infectiously joyous about “Soul Makossa” (makossa means something like “I dance” in Dibango’s native tongue) and its refrain (“ma-mako, ma-ma-sa, mako-mako ssa“).  Don’t be surprised in 2027 when someone else samples it for a top 10 record.


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