Monday, July 06, 2009

remembering jackson's 'soul makossa' moment

New Yorker magazine staff writer (and former New York Times pop critic) Kelefa Sanneh makes a keen connection between Michael Jackson and core, 1970s dance music, noting the king of pop's liberal use of Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" on his "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin,'" especially heard in the chant, "Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa." In fact, Dibango, who was not origially credited on the Jackson track, ended up getting some compensation.

Released in 1972 as a b-side, "Soul Makossa" was perhaps the most-influential proto-disco track of the early '70s -- a staple at such pre-house happenings as David Mancuso's Loft parties. It's great to see Sanneh making the connection between the cradle of modern club culture and the world's best-selling studio album (Thriller).

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