In Paris died African musician Manu Dibango Tuesday to the effects of the coronavirus. He was 86 years old.
A tight beat, saxpartijen fierce and deep, unmistakable African vocals. Those were the main ingredients of Soul Makossa, the song that the Cameroonian origin musician and singer Manu Dibango unexpectedly scored a worldwide hit in 1972. With the death of Dibango, Tuesday at the age of 86 in a hospital in Paris, laments the international recording his first corona dead. Dibango was born in 1933.
Soul Makossa was originally the B-side of a single Manu Dibango which sang the praises of the national football team of Cameroon. The international success came when DJs in New York Soul Makossa discovered as a driven dansvloervuller. There was great demand for the album, although circulated only a handful of copies in the United States. For Soul Makossa was an official US release, there were 23 recorded cover versions.
The song was the start of an international career Dibango who played saxophone and vibraphone and traditional Cameroonian music mixed with jazz and funk. In the eighties quoted Michael Jackson in his hit Wanna be Startin ‘Something from Soul Makossa the words “ma-mako, ma-ma-sa, mako makossa. The later it came up on a charge of plagiarism, which was eventually settled out of court.
In the conscious text fragment Wanna be Startin ‘Something seems to Dutch listeners Jackson’ mommy juice ‘singing. 3FM DJs Timur and Ramon made mommy juice a common understanding of such wrong misunderstood phrases.