Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday, 24 March following contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed.
The 86-calendar year-aged Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 strike Soul Makossa, is one particular of the to start with globally stars to die as a outcome of COVID-19.
“He died early this early morning in a hospital in the Paris location,” his tunes publisher Thierry Durepaire claimed.
A concept on his formal Facebook page confirmed that his dying had occur just after he contracted COVID-19.
“His funeral support will be held in rigorous privateness, and a tribute to his memory will be structured when doable,” the message mentioned.
Chers mothers and fathers, chers amis, chers lovers,Une voix s’élève au lointain…C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous vous…
Publiée par Manu Dibango – Officiel sur Mardi 24 mars 2020
The saxophonist was 1 of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with standard Cameroonian new music.
His greatest hit was the B-side of a track to help the Cameroon football staff in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.
In 2009, he accused Michael Jackson of borrowing just one of his hooks for two tunes on the legendary Thriller album. Jackson settled out of court docket.