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Coronavirus Takes Away Manu Dibango

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Manu Dibango, the African saxophone legend passes away at 86 due to Covid-19. His 1972 hit Soul Makossa made modern African music’s presence on Western pop charts. It arrived at the dawn of the disco era and its lyrics were in the Douala language of Cameroon.

The news of his demise was shared on Facebook. It said, “It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19.”

Tributes for Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango have been flooding social media. His funeral service will be held in strict privacy. The funerals in France are limited to 20 people to slow the spread of the deadly Covid-19.

Dibango fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon. He collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Fela Kuti.

View the hit Soul Makossa at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0CeFX6E2yI

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