As we continue to reflect on the King of Pop's staggering musical career, certain aspects of his music become more apparent. Likkkke who the heck influenced MJ? Well obvi early disco stars, but less well known is Jackson obsession African music and especially Dibango, a Cameroon singer who pioneered disco with the international single "Soul Makossa," which is a pretty funky jam. Jackson was so into this tune, he stole it! check this (released in 72):
And then this (released on Thriller):
Notice this similarities?..The riffs are exactly the same and also there's the whole "Ma ma se, ma sa, ma ma coo sa" thing..