Queen of African pop, Yemi Alade, has joined forces with Cameroonian singer and reality TV star, Wax Dey to collaborate on a new hit song called ‘Saka Makossa’, directly translated as Dance Makossa. Saka Makossa appears on the surface as a vain song about two self-indulgent young people who want to have fun, and show off while doing so. But in reality, it pays tribute to a genre of music known as Makossa, by asking those who want to join in their fun to dance to Makossa. Makossa a popular dance of the Douala people of Cameroon and the song is meant to highlight the influence of the genre in today’s international pop music. Just like Michael Jackson, Rihanna and P-Square have done before; it has been adapted from Cameroonian jazz maestro, Manu Dibango’s 1972 Billbooard hit, Soul Makossa.
Saka Makossa was originally recorded in 2014, but the pair only decided to release it now through Lolhiphop Records and Effizie Music Group. Wax Dey performs on Sunday 15 November at the All Africa Music Awards in Lagos, Nigeria. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade is slated to perform two shows in Cameroon on 24 and 26 December.