How did Makossa become popular in Cameroon?
Television made makossa even more popular in Cameroon and with a hint of foreign influences, it soon became highly prominent. Gospel and classical songs in Baptist churches of Douala greatly influenced Doumbé Eyango and Lottin A Samé, who themselves inspired Manu Dibango and Eboa Lottin.
What is Makossa dance?
Makossa isn’t only a type of dance or a tradition; it is one of Cameroon’s many faces. The Makossa dance was created by Nelle Eyoum between 1952 and 1962 and was inspired by ambassbey, assiko bassai, essewe and bolobo.
What is the meaning of the word Makossa?
The word makossa comes from ‘M’akossa’, which means ‘contortions’, and ‘Kossa’, which are exhortations or screams aimed to rouse musicians and dancers. [i]
Who are the main Makossa players?
The main makossa players are divided into four periods. 1956 to 1966 saw the first days of this genre thanks to Nelle Eyoun, Lobe Lobe Rameau and Mouelle Guillaume. 1966 to 1976 was a period of orchestral maturation with artists such as Manu Dibango, Francis Bebey, Ekambi Brillant, Toto Guillaume, Ebanda Manfred and Eboa Lottin.
What is modern Makassi?
Makassi is a lighter style of makossa. Later in the 1960s, modern makossa developed and became the most popular genre in Cameroon. Makossa is a type of funky dance music, best known outside Africa for Manu Dibango, whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” was an international hit.
What is the origin of Makossa?
Makossa, which means ” (I) dance” in the Douala language, originated from a Douala dance called the kossa. Emmanuel Nelle Eyoum started using the refrain kossa kossa in his songs with his group “Los Calvinos”. The style began to take shape in the 1950s though the first recordings were not seen until a decade later.
What is Makossa music?
Makossa is a type of funky dance music, best known outside Africa for Manu Dibango, whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” was an international hit. Outside of Africa, Dibango and makossa were only briefly popular, but the genre has produced several Pan-African superstars through the 70s, 80s and 90s.