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Manu DiBango Passes Away At 86
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:05:02 am »
Tuesday, 24th March 2o2o
Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango passes after contracting Covid-19
by Aljazeera




Renowned Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango has died after contracting Covid-19, his representatives and official Fakebook page have announced.


The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit, Soul Makossa, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

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

A message on his official Fakebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.

"His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible," the message said.

Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people who are in the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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.