Manu Dibango: The renowned Jazz maestro succumbs to the coronavirus

Manu Dibango: The renowned Jazz maestro succumbs to the coronavirus

- Dibango was pronounced dead on Tuesday, March 24, after battling coronavirus for a while

- The 86-year-old Cameroonian his scintillating songs such as Soul Mokassa, Big Blow, Abel dance and Soul fiesta among others

- He was arguably the first African artist who exposed African traditional music to the western world thanks to his unique style

- In 2009, the musician sued renowned R&B superstars Michael Jackson and Rihanna for picking up lines from his Soul Mokassa song with his knowledge

- The matter was solved outside the court after Jackson admitted picking Dibango's lines lyrics

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

The 86-year-old Cameroonian was pronounced dead on Tuesday, March 24, after battling the pandemic for a while.

Dibango who was also a saxophone player will be remembered for his scintillating songs such as Soul Mokassa, Big Blow, Abel dance and Soul fiesta among others.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to COVID-19,” read the statement of his Facebook page.

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Manu Dibango: Renowned Jazz maestro succumbs to coronavirus

Manu Dibango was a Cameroonian Jazz singer and saxophone player. Photo: Manu Dibango
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Dibango's funeral service, according to the statement will be held in strict privacy and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible.

Those who wish to express their condolences have been asked to pass them via an email account: manu@manudibango.net

Briefly.co.za learnt that the musician was born on December 12, 1933, in Douala, Cameroon and spent most of his youthful life in France where he studied music with a keen interest in piano and saxophone.

He has collaborated with many renowned musicians such as Black Mambazo, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell among others.

In 1998, he recorded the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa.

Dibango was arguably the first African artist who exposed African traditional music to the western world thanks to his unique style that took the world by storm.

So appealing were Dibango's songs that renowned R&B superstars Michael Jackson and Rihanna picked up lines from his Soul Mokassa song to come up with their song album in You Wannabe startin' Something.

The Saxophonist filed a suit against the two in 2009. The matter was solved outside the court after Jackson admitted borrowing Dibango's lyrics without his permission.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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