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This Video Explores the Countless Songs That Sample Manu Dibango's 'Soul Makossa'

In their new video, Sample Chief highlights how influential 'Soul Makossa' has been on popular music.

Manu Dibango's 1972 record "Soul Makossa" is the most sampled African song ever. A new video from the African music knowledge-sharing platform Sample Chief highlights just how widely his classic song has been used across genres and time periods.

According to Sample Chief, the song has been sampled and covered over 125 times. The video maps out the song's explosive journey from a B-side for the Cameroonian national football team to one of the most recognizable records of all time.


READ: Sample Chief, a Go-To Platform for African Music Knowledge, Share 5 of Their Favorite Samples

While the song's vocal chants were perhaps most famously used by Michael Jackson on 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," and Rihanna on "Please Don't Stop the Music" (he later sued both artists for reportedly using it without his permission), the video shows that the song's influence has spread to countless tracks. In its earlier days, it was used by Kool & The Gang on the hit track "Hollywood Swinging" and it was later used on a number of hip-hop songs from the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes and more. It's even been heard in some unexpected places: it was used on the Buckwheat Boyz's novelty track "Ice Cream and Cake," which then landed in a popular Baskin Robbin's commercial.

READ: 10 Essential Manu Dibango Songs

The video also provides a history lesson on the late Cameroonian musician's illustrious career as Africa's first international star and the father of Afro-jazz.

Check out the full video below and keep up with Sample Chief on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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