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Manu Dibango takes Michael Jackson and Rihanna to court



Michael Jackson is back in court with Rihanna this time for nicking the hook of African Jazz legend from Cameroon, Manu Dibango. Dibango filed a lawsuit in Paris on Tuesday against both Rihanna and Michael Jackson, claiming the artists have nicked one of his hooks “mama-say mama-sa ma-ma-coo-sa,” a Dual chant from his 1972 classic single “Soul Makossa”.

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Manu Dibango references one of the most famous bits in Jackson’s 1983 track, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” Jackson had already admitted to borrowing the line, according to the AFP, settling with Dibango out of court, but when Rihanna came calling in 2007, asking to sample Jackson on her song “Don’t Stop the Music”, Jackson agreed – allegedly without contacting Dibango. “Don’t Stop the Music” went on to top the European Hot 100.

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Dibango’s is demanding €500,000 in damages and that Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music be barred from receiving “mama-say mama-sa”-related income until the matter is resolved.

French judges will announce on 17 February whether they will hear the case.

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  1. Shay Olivarria

    March 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    i’ve always wondered what that meant or where it came from.

    thanks for sharing this!

  2. lisa

    August 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    i don’t think ot’s wroug too sue somebody for something that happend 25 years ago and now in 2009 . two years ago rihanna just came along and put a verse form michael’s son wanna be startin something she probaly did’nt mean angthing but now michael jackson is dead so the case is shut down

  3. brett

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

    michael is so fricken alsome dancer + an alsome son writer and singer rip

  4. katelin

    October 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    i love michael jackson and i want to start a career from his inspiration i love human nature and the way u make me feel and smooth criminel i am 9 years old and i am half black i love him so much i love to dance to his music i love music i have a great voice and i do shows i really want to be a singer. R.I.P The best

  5. katelin

    October 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    i lovee michael jackson i want to be a singerr i am 10 years old and i want to be a singer too i do singing shows and i love to dance and sing to human nature and smooth criminal and billie jean i may be young but his music and legacy inspired me i want to be just like him but noone will ever be like him and i just want to say i love you mj and i love to sing i have a greatttttt voiceeee


    December 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Ummmm, WHY? Thats stupid. Ok, MJ is the best now pleaaasssee people stop takin the piss.

  7. I

    June 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    quit suing this poor man!!!!! his life was hard enough what with the drugs and the *bleep*ing media spreading cruel rumors. Poor Michael tried to stay cheerful but he was only human and it dragged him down. i hate the media and their stupid lies about my beloved MJ, and i hate the stupid retards that wanted his money. rest in peace, michael, now your in a better place

  8. Payam

    April 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    i love u Michael… For all time…

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