Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango - SD 7267 -
(Condition - 85-90%) - LP Record
Soul Makossa" is a 1972 single by
Cameroonian makossa saxophonist Manu Dibango. It is often cited as one of the
first disco records. In 1972 David Mancuso found a copy in a Brooklyn West
Indian record store and often played it at his Loft parties. The response was
so positive that the few copies of "Soul Makossa" in New York City
were quickly bought up The song was subsequently played heavily by Frankie
Crocker, who DJed at WBLS, then New York's most popular black radio station.
Since the original was then unfindable, at least 23 groups quickly released
cover versions to capitalize on the demand for the record. Atlantic
eventually licensed the song from the French record label Fiesta.Their
release of it peaked at number 35 on the Billboard chart in 1973; in 1999
Dave Marsh wrote that it was "the only African record by an
African" to crack the top 40. At one point there were nine different
versions of the song in the Billboard chart. It became "a massive
hit" internationally as well.
The song is probably best known for the
chanted vocal refrain "ma-mako, ma-ma-sa, mako-mako ssa", which was
adapted and used in songs by many prominent artists.
"Soul Makossa" was originally
recorded as a B-side for "Mouvement Ewondo", a song about
Cameroon's team of association football. Manu Dibango later recorded a new
version for his 1994 album Wakafrika.
A second version of the song, called
"Soul Makossa 2.0", was recorded in France by Manu Dibango and
Wayne Beckford for a release in 2011, as the first single of Dibango's album
Past Present Future.
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa - SD 7267
Pierre Zogo, Long Manfred, Joby Jobs, Manu
Rodanet, Freddy Mars, Georges Arvanitas & Patrice Galas
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Guitar
[Electric], Percussion & Piano