Coronavirus: Afro-Jazz Star, Manu Dibango Dies

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Cameroonian saxophonist and Jazz legend, Manu Dibango has died after contacting Coronavirus while on admission at Lariboisiere Hospital in France.


Dibango was born in the city of Douala in 1933 during the French Colonial rule in Cameroon.

He was raised in a religious family where he fell in love with music.

According to BBC, he learnt how to play the saxophone in High School in France after which he performed at nightclubs in Belgium.

The 86 years music legend was largely known for his hit Soul Makossa.

Through his more than six-decade career, he collaborated with the likes of Nigeria's Fela Kuti among others.

Friends and colleagues like Angelique Kidjo have expressed their sadness over his passing, she said " Dear #ManuDibango, you’ve always been there for me from my beginnings in Paris to this rehearsal just 2 months ago!

You re the original Giant of African Music and a beautiful human being.

This coda of #SoulMakossa is for you!"