Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma ku sa
This is from Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” — MJ’s interpolation of Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa”
After Michael Jackson died, Kanye said that he wants to be the new “King of Pop” (I guess that’s why he dedicated his movie to MJ)
“Soul Makossa” is a popular 1972 song performed by Manu Dibango from Cameroon. Michael Jackson referenced the song in “Wanna Be Starting Something” (1982) (and was subsequently sued for it), and the tune’s catchphrase since been referenced by numerous artists, including A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Rihanna, and, most recently, Kanye West, among many others
On a side note, Kanye performed this track acapella at the Facebook offices before the album’s release (along with “Chain Heavy”, “Mama’s Boyfriend” and “Sweat on My Face”). In the earlier version, he did this line as “mamasay, mamasa, Mama Donda’s son,” in reference to his late mother. It probably didn’t stylistically fit the album (imagine how crazy a “Hey Mama”-style track would’ve sounded between “So Appalled” and “Devil in a New Dress”), but it’s still interesting.
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