African Music Star Manu Dibango DIes From Coronavirus

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Cameroon music icon dies from coronavirus in France

Celebrated Jazz musician Manu Dibango has died from coronavirus infection according to official communication shared on his social media platforms.

The 86-year-old jazz musician had last week announced on his Facebook page that he had contracted the coronavirus.

"He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region", his music publisher Thierry Durepaire allegedly said.

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Dibango's official Facebook page says his family will hold a private funeral, but a public tribute to his memory will be scheduled at a later date when possible.

The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.

In 1933, he was born in Douala, Cameroon to Michel Manfred N'Djoké Dibango, a civil servant and his wife, a fashion designer, running her own small business. Over the years he fused his multiple influences into a sort of Afro-jazz-funk hybrid, which spawned an global hit in 1972 with "Soul Makossa", which features an unforgettable sax line and his own spoken vocals.

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Dibango is popularly known for his Grammy award-winning track Soul Makossa.

"We are the leg specialists, things have to move, that is how I see music", he said. The riff became world-famous through Jackson's hit "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'".

He worked with notable stars such as South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo and American Herbie Hancock and also won an all African Music Legend Award. The matter was later settled out of court.

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