"Rumba Makossa" is something of a swinging, Latinized version of the Dibango classic "Soul Makosa," a song that was originally recorded as a B-side for "Mouvement Ewondo," a tune about Cameroon's football (soccer) team. "Soul Makossa" was picked up by DJs and soon eclipsed the A-side song and the rest is history.
Dibango has recorded various "Soul Makossa" versions (All Music Guide lists 56 recordings of the song by Dibango himself and a raft of other artists). This one features Congolese master collaborator Ray Lema, and a turntablist whose name I can't find right now (does anyone know?). Enjoy...
[mp3] Manu Dibango & Ray Lema:
from Music Meeting 2001-2003 Festival Highlights
More info on the festival at www.musicmeeting.nl
for a gritty funk version of the original "Soul Makossa," check out this video.