Cameroon’s legendary makossa Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies at 86 after contracting coronavirus. The news was confirmed this morning Tuesday march 34th through his official Facebook
The confirmation message read ”
Dear family, dear friends, dear fans,
A voice raises from far away… It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19. His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible. If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email:email@example.com To Manu, Ad Lib…”
Cameroon’s legendary saxophonist manu Dibango dies of Covid-19 at 86
His music publisher Thierry Durepaire has revealed that his funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message said.
The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.
His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon football team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.
In 2009, he accused Michael Jackson of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on the legendary “Thriller” album.
Jackson settled out of court.