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Kalefa Sanneh, Michael Jackson, Manu Dibango, Rihanna

Novelist Vladimer Nabakov once noted that all fiction writing is an act of faith in God: as God gives life a pattern so the novelist gives his story a pattern. And this is equally true of music and especially true of New Yorker Staff writer Kalefa Sanneh’s fascinating article about the etymology of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” classic “Wanna Be Starting Something”.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2009/07/06/090706ta_talk_sanneh

Here is Manu Dibango: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16UUi61H3sE
Here is Michael Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKMfjUp9xYs
Here is Rihanna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsRWpK4pf90

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