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Africadelic: Incredible live performance of Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’
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Tony Allen
Manu Dibango

Earlier today, after I’d complimented Niall on his excellent post of The Flirtations video, we were bullshitting over email about music and Manu Dibango’s 1972 proto-disco classic “Soul Makossa” came up (this is where Michael Jackson stole the “mama se, mama-sa, mama-koss-sa” refrain he used to great effect in “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”) and I wondered if there was a vintage video performance of the song.

That I didn’t find, but I did find a cracking live version of “Soul Makossa” recorded last year at the Africa Live Roll Back Malaria concert (with the great Tony Allen sounding like five drummers). The Cameroonian sax god will be turning 79 in a few weeks, but you can’t tell he’s pushing 80 from this clip, that’s for sure.

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