African jazz star Manu Dibango dies from coronavirus
The Cameroonian jazz star, who was 86, was taken to a French hospital last week. He died of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday morning.
One of Africa's most famous musicians, saxophonist Manu Dibango, has died after contracting Covid-19. The Cameroonian jazz star, who was 86, was taken to a French hospital last week, according to French media.
"Dear relatives, dear friends, dear fans, a voice rises in the distance... It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Manu Dibango, our 'Papy Groove', which occurred on 24 March 2020 at the age of 86, from Covid-19," a statement said on his Facebook page.
The saxophonist's career began in the 1950s and he became a globe-trotting musician, living and regularly performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and in Cameroon. Dibango is best known for for the 1972 hit "Soul Makossa". As the news broke, people took to Twitter to pay tribute to the iconic musician.
It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of @ManuDibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19. Your music will always stay with us. #ManuDibango #RIP #SoulMakossa pic.twitter.com/IJkjla2rAt— Manu Dibango (@ManuDibango) March 24, 2020
Rest In Peace, Soul Makossa! U gave us some really good music https://t.co/unJ2W3ve8p— Robert Kabushenga (@rkabushenga) March 24, 2020
Soul Makossa— Rodrigue Calixte BILOA (@BiloaCalixte) March 24, 2020
Rip l'artiste pic.twitter.com/t0lCPyioex
Rest In Power to the God Manu Dibango who helped bring afro funk to the world. He gifted us with one of the best BBoy jams of all time Soul Makossa— Dante Ross (@DanteRoss) March 24, 2020
Rest Easy King Manu: https://t.co/jFcw4RzCp1
In 1972 #ManuDibango released his LP Soul Makossa, which catapulted him onto the global stage. The track was used by Michael Jackson in “Wanna Be Starting Something”. Rihanna’s 2007 single “Don’t Stop The Music”also drew inspiration from Soul Makossa. His career spanned 66 years!— Rachael Akidi (@rakidi) March 24, 2020
Dibango's music provided inspiration for pop stars, from Michael Jackson to Rihanna.
The message on the musician’s Facebook page said that his funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and “a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.”
In 2009, Dibango accused Michael Jackson of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on the "Thriller" album. Jackson settled out of court.