The lyrics at the end of Michael Jackson’s 1983 classic “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” come directly from Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango‘s 1972 disco song “Soul Makossa”.

He sings:

“Mama-say mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah”

Makossa is a Cameroonian music genre and dance.


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