Manu Dibango (Picture Credit: AFP)
Paris, March 24: Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the brand new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, finest recognized for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, is among the first worldwide stars to die because of COVID-19.
“He died early this morning in a hospital within the Paris area,” his music writer Thierry Durepaire mentioned. A message on his official Fb web page confirmed that his demise had come after he contracted COVID-19. “His funeral service will probably be held in strict privateness, and a tribute to his reminiscence will probably be organized when potential,” the message mentioned.
The saxophonist was one of many pioneers of Afro jazz and in addition fused funk with conventional Cameroonian music. His largest hit was the B-side of a tune to assist the Cameroon soccer workforce within the African Cup of Nations however was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.
In 2009, he accused Michael Jackson of borrowing certainly one of his hooks for 2 songs on the legendary “Thriller” album.
Jackson settled out of court docket.