The Cameroonian saxophone legend Manu Dibango died on Tuesday in the Paris region, at the age of 86 years from COVID-19. He is one of the first global celebrities to be conquered by this terrible pandemic.
“Dear parents, dear friends, dear fans, a voice rises in the distance… It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, on March 24, 2020 at the age of 86 years to the covid-19 ”, announced the family of this fused jazz legend on his official Facebook page.
The contamination of the author of one of the biggest world music hits, “Soul Makossa” (1972), was announced on his Facebook page on March 18. “The funeral will take place in strict family intimacy, and a tribute will be paid to him as soon as possible,” said one.The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional Cameroonian sounds collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
In Morocco, he had made an impression during a memorable evening on the Bouregrag stage organized as part of the 13th edition of the Mawazine Festival, Rhythms of the World in 2014.