Makossa is a type of music which is most popular in urban areas in Cameroon. It is similar to soukous, except it includes strong bass rhythm and a prominent horn section. It originated from a type of Duala dance called kossa,... [more]
Makossa is a type of music which is most popular in urban areas in Cameroon. It is similar to soukous, except it includes strong bass rhythm and a prominent horn section. It originated from a type of Duala dance called kossa, with significant influences from jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music, highlife and rumba. While the makossa style began in the 1950's, the first recordings were not seen until a decade later. Artists such as Eboa Lotin, Misse Ngoh and especially Manu Dibango popularized the style outside of Cameroon in the later 1960s. Makassi is a lighter style of makossa. Sam Fan Thomas developed and popularised this variation in the mid-1980s and made makossa potentially more marketable.
The two musicians largely credited with modernising makossa are Manu Dibango and Emmanuel Nelle Eyoum. Eyoum start using the term 'kossa, kossa' in his songs with his group "Los Calvinos". But it was Emmanuel 'Manu' Dibango which popularised it to the world with his song "Soul Makossa" which came out in the early '70s with the famous chant 'mamako, mamasa, maka makossa', which was later used by singers such us Michael Jackson in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", Eminem in "Doe Rae Me", Back To Basics in "Mamakossa", the Bloodhound Gang in "Mama Say", Rihanna in "Don't Stop The Music", Chico Science in "Samba Makossa" and El Chojin in "Algo más que música" (something more than music), etc.
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