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The sounds of Cameroon explored in diverse compilation album

‘POP MAKOSSA is Analog Africa’s explosive new excavation of funk, disco and makossa sounds from Cameroon, with features from some of Cameroon's best musical talent. It promises to become another Analog Africa classic - like last year’s ‘Space Echo’ compilation which was Lauren Laverne’s ‘Compilation of the Week’ (BBC Radio 6 Music).

The word ‘makossa’ means “to dance” in the Cameroonian Douala language - start any track on ‘Pop Makossa’ and you probably won’t be sitting down for very long. A good example is Bill Loko’s “Nen Lambo - first released in 1980, the song became a massive hit back then and is now making a return to the dancefloors in 2017.

The ‘Pop Makossa’ adventure started in 2009, when Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb first travelled to Cameroon to make an initial assessment of the country’s musical situation. He returned with enough tracks for an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco sounds began to infiltrate the makossa style popular throughout Cameroon.

Through a very intense journey, each of the tracks on ‘Pop Makossa’ are a revelation. The beat that holds everything together has its origins in the folklore of the Sawa people, specifically the Essewé, a traditional funeral dance; but it wasn’t until this rhythm arrived in the cities of Cameroon and collided with the multitude of popular urban dance rhythms – merengue and rumba, High-Life, and, later, Funk and Disco – that modern makossa was born.

Take a look at the trackless and a preview of the compilation album below:

Track-listing (with original release dates & labels)

1. Dream Stars - “Pop Makossa Invasion” 4:48 (Date Unknown)
2. Mystic Djim & The Spirits - “Yaoundé Girls” 5:57 (1984 on Mystic Records)
3. Bill Loko - “Nen Lambo” 6:24 (1980 on Ledoux)
4. Pasteur Lappé - “Sanaga Calypso” 3:47 (1981 on Disque Esperance)
5. Eko - “M’ongele M’am” 4:03 (1980 on Safari Ambiance)
6. Olinga Gaston - “Ngon Engap” 4:22 (1977 on Fiesta)
7. Emmanuel Kahe et Jeanette Kemogne - “Ye Medjuie” 4:27 (1983 on Kahe Records)
8. Nkodo Si-Tony - “Mininga Meyong Mese” 7:10 (1984 on Si-Tony Music)
9. Pasteur Lappé - “The Sekele Movement” 6:27 (1979 on Sekele Production)
10. Bernard Ntone - “Mussoliki” 4:18 (1977 on Fiesta)
11. Pat’ Ndoye - “More Love” 8:33 (1982 on Pat Ndoye Production)
12. Clément Djimogne - “Africa” 7:20 (1979 on Nigerphone)

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