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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Bottle Dance & Four Other Songs By John Minang (Cameroon)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases five videos of Cameroonian vocalist John Minang.

In the video that is given as Example #2 in this post, John Minang describes that music as "mbaghalum" and indicates that "mbaghalum is traditional folkloric music ofo the northwest province of Cameroons". I'm not sure if the other featured songs are also a part of that music category. However, John Minang's name is listed in a Wikipedia article about the Cameroonian music genre called "Makossa". For that reason, information about Makossa music is included in this post.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MAKOSSA MUSIC
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makossa
"Makossa is a noted Cameroonian popular urban musical style. Like much other late 20th century music of Sub-Saharan Africa it was influenced by Congolese soukous, as well as by jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music and highlife. It uses strong electric bass rhythms and prominent brass. In the 1980s makossa had a wave of mainstream success across Africa and to a lesser extent abroad.

Makossa, which means "(I) dance" in the Duala language,[1] originated from a Duala 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. Artists such as Eboa Lotin, Misse Ngoh and especially Manu Dibango, who popularised makossa throughout the world with his song "Soul Makossa" in the early 1970s. The chant from the song, mamako, mamasa, maka makossa, was later used by Michael Jackson in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"...
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As mentioned earlier in this post, John Minang's name is listed in that article under "See Also". However, to date, there's no Wikipedia page for him, and I can't find any information online about this vocalist. Please add biographical information about John Minang to this post or elsewhere online. Thanks in advance.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

Example #1: John Minang - Bottle Dance - Cameroon



Seka Moke, Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008

AFRICA FROM A-Z : CAMEROON

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Example #2: Mbaghalum - John Minang



atehndin, Uploaded on Mar 22, 2008

African music

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Example #3: John Minang - Fine Fine Woman -- Cameroon



Seka Moke, Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008

AFRICA FROM A-Z : CAMEROON

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Example #4: John Minang - Life is a Battle -- Cameroon



Seka Moke, Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008

AFRICA FROM A-Z : CAMEROON

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Example #5: BAMENDA FOLKLORE : JOHN MINANG



willymix007, Published on May 12, 2012

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to John Minang for his musical legacy. Thanks also to the musicians and dancers who are featured in these videos. My thanks also to the publishers of these videos.

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