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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Legendary Jazz Artist, Manu Dibango, Dies from Coronavirus at Age 86

Manu Dibango

France — Manu Dibango, a saxophone legend and jazz icon known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa, has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to a statement on his official Facebook page.

“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,” it said.

His funeral will take place in “strict privacy,” adding that condolences can be sent through email and a tribute will be arranged “when possible.”

According to reports, the Cameroonian singer and saxophonist died in a hospital in Paris, France, where he regularly performed before.

The musician, who was one of the pioneers of Afro-jazz fused with funk music and traditional music from Cameroon, is best known for his hit Soul Makossa.

In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna claiming they used the hook “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa” from his hit song without his permission. Jackson settled the case out of court.