Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa

The lyrics, “Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa” was made famous by the Michael Jackson song “Wanna Be Starting Somehtin”. The story behind these syllables is very interesting.

The syllables originated in the Cameroonian language Duala. Duala is spoken in Cameroon’s largest city Douala. The word Makossa is translated as “to dance”. Makossa is a derivative of “Kassa” and refers to twisting and shaking of a dancer.

“Makossa” was an international hit back in 1973. Composed by Manu Dibango on the album “Soul Makossa,” the song was originally on the “B side” of an album meant to be a hymn for the Cameroon football team. The hymn was a flop, but Makossa was widely popular. The song is credited for establishing New York’s nascent disco scene and was getting heavy airplay in the area.

Michael Jackson originally claimed his version was Swahili but later divulged his financial arrangement with Dibango in an out-of-court settlement.

When Rihanna sampled Jackson’s album with her single “Please Don’t Stop The Music,” she asked for Jackson’s permission but not Dibango’s. As a result, Dibango sued both Jackson and Rihanna seeking damages in the amount of 500,000 Euros.

source: Benjamin Zimmer

Over The Rainbow – IZ

Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole

“Excuse me young man, what is the name of the song that you are playing?” I was asked this question this past weekend and seem to be asked every time I play “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole. It’s a great choice for cocktail/dinner music and has also become quite popular during the wedding ceremony as the processional/recessional song.

For those of you that are not familiar with the song, it’s a beautiful medley blending the two songs “Over the Rainbow”, originally performed by Judy Garland for “The Wizard of Oz” and “What a Wonderful World”, made famous by Louis Armstrong. The artist, Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, better known simply as IZ, effortlessly whispers the song as if he is singing a lullaby as he gently strums his ukulele. Check out the video at YouTube.com.

IZ was a Hawaiian musician who gained national recognition in 1993 with the release of his album “Facing Future”, containing the now popular aforementioned medley. The album debuted at #25 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Pop Catalogue chart. On October 26, 2005, “Facing Future” became Hawaii’s first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States. Since then, the song has been featured in several films, television shows and commercials and continues to attract attention.

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The Darkness

We are getting so many requests for this song, we thought a little background may be helpful. Click here to listen the song.

The Darkness were a multi-BRIT Award-winning British rock band. Their traditional hard rock style of music was influenced by bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Sparks, Van Halen, T. Rex, .38 Special, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Boston and Thin Lizzy. They were best known for the falsetto[4] of their lead singer Justin Hawkins, whose departure in 2006 resulted in the dissolution of the band.

Originally started in 1991 from Kirkley High School, Lowestoft in Suffolk, brothers Justin Hawkins (vocals and guitar) and Dan Hawkins (guitar and vocals) found themselves in London where they met up with childhood friends, Frankie Poullain (bass guitar and vocals) and Ed Graham (drums and percussion), and thus The Darkness was formed. Dan initially saw his brother’s potential of being a frontman after Justin did an impressive recreation of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999, thrown by Justin and Dan’s aunt in her pub The Swan at Gillingham just over the River Waveney in Norfolk, despite the fact that Justin was only miming to the original song. Playing at first only in pubs and bars, their pyrotechnic guitar solos and over the top performances soon brought them to public knowledge.

source: Wikipedia

The Weekend Top 5

The following songs are listed because they absolutely packed the dance floor this past weekend. These songs are not “wedding standards” and are a pleasant surprise. Check our music database for all your personal favorites. Check our music database for all your personal favorites.

1. The Darkness – I believe in a thing called love

2. The Ting Tings – That’s not my name.

3. Dropkick Murphy’s – I’m shipping off to Boston

4. Sean Kingston – Fire burning

5. All American Rejects –  Gives you hell