Manu Dibango Dies of Coronavirus

Veteran Afro-jazz star, Manu Dibango has died on Tuesday in Paris after contracting COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page read.

According to the statement, his funeral will take place in “strict privacy, adding that people should send condolences by email.

The deceased was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone.

Manu Dibango Dies of Coronavirus

Born in 1933, he developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music.

He was best known for his 1972 single “Soul Makossa”.

He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation, with a high profile in disputes about artists’ royalties. Dibango was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.

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