Cameroon Legendary Saxophone Player Manu Dibango Dies from COVID-19

By Melody Chironda

The veteran jazz singer and saxophone player has died after contracting the new coronavirus.

He was 86.

Close associates had last week confirmed that he had been taken to a French hospital for an unrelated illness when he was diagnosed.

Dibango is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

 Manu Dibango
A statement from  his official Facebook page  reads: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to 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.

Dibango is popularly known for his Grammy award-winning track Soul Makossa. The song went on to be sampled by various musicians including the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and pop star Rihanna.


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