Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Renowned Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango has died after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives and official Facebook page have announced. For some it can cause more severe illness. The celebrated saxophonist was considered a pioneer in the Afro-jazz music. He further explained that the Cameroonian artist died in the morning of March 24 at a hospital in Paris.

A message on his official Facebook page confirmed the news of his demise stating COVID-19 as the reason for the same.

He blended the cosmopolitan styles from Africa and Europe into his own fusion, resulting in his biggest hit, Soul Makossa, with a blazing saxophone line over a breakbeat and Dibango's spoken vocals, originally written for the 1972 African Cup of Nations football tournament.

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Dibango's funeral service will be held in privacy and a memory service will reportedly be organised when it's possible.

In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna, claiming they had stolen his music in "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "Don't Stop the Music", respectively. 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.

Dibango is survived by four children.

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