Pop Makossa

Makossa, the infectious dance music of Cameroon, blended beautifully with funk, disco and pop in the late 70s and early 80s — and the Analog Africa label has gathered together some of the period’s amazing highlights in this recommended compilation. Put together by deep crate digger and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb and DJ and music producer Déni Shain, Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984, is a joy from start to finish. The tracks here show just how versatile the Makossa beat is, with the musicians finding inventive and delicious ways to incorporate it into an array of genres. Elements of high life, Afro-beat, merengue and more all mix and mingle happily. There’s not a dud to be found, but if you had to single out just one tune from Pop Makossa, it’d have to be teenage prodigy Bill Loko’s unstoppable “Nen Lambo” from 1980 — if this one doesn’t get you moving, there might be something wrong. words / t wilcox

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