Music Soul Makossa Manu Dibango (morceau - 1972)


Recorded in 1972 for the 8th African Cup of Nations, Soul Makossa was the B-side of the official anthem of the competition.

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    Later reissued in a new album that sold 50,000 copies, the song was unexpectedly exported to the United States when African-Americans visiting France brought the record back home. David Mancuso, a famous New York DJ, found the album in a Brooklyn record store and played Soul Makossa to his regulars at The Loft nightclub. Very quickly, the few copies present in New York are sold out. Spotted by Ahmet Ertegün of Atlantic Records, Manu Dibango was invited to the United States to sign a contract. Soul Makossa reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.

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