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Remembering David Mancuso, New York Disco Pioneer and Founder of the Loft

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In late 1972, a hippie native New Yorker named David Mancuso went to a Jamiacan record store in Brooklyn and found a single he liked called “Soul Makossa,” by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, on the small French label Fiesta. He took it back to his lower Manhattan spot and, that weekend, played it for his