Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Brenda Watkins
March 24, 2020

A message on his official Facebook page also confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.

Celebrated Jazz musician Manu Dibango has died from coronavirus infection according to official communication shared on his social media platforms.

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

As per reports, Dibango's music publisher, Thierry Durepaire the star died early morning on March 24 in the Paris region. If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email: "manu@manudibango.net".

The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon.

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His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon soccer team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up by New York DJs.

"Soul Makossa" became popular after DJ David Mancuso found a copy at a Brooklyn West Indian record store and played it at The Loft parties, licensed by Atlantic Records and hitting 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Born in the Cameroonian city of Douala in 1933, which at the time was under French colonial rule, Dibango's musical career spanned across more than six decades.

In 2009 he filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson, accusing the American singer of stealing a hook from his hit Soul Makossa. The matter was solved outside the court after Jackson admitted borrowing Dibango's lyrics without his permission.

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