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Jazz musician Manu Dibango dies of coronavirus

Joel Savage interviews Manu Dibango

Jazz great Manu Dibango, best known for his 1972 hit “Soul Makossa” has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to a statement on his official Facebook page.

“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,” it said.
“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message added.

The Cameroon-born singer and saxophonist died in a hospital near Paris, according to his music publisher Thierry Durepaire, Agence France-Presse reported.

Manu Dibango blows his saxophone

The artist, who inspired “world music” in the 1970s, was one of the pioneers of Afro-jazz and also fused funk with traditional music from Cameroon.

His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon soccer team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up by New York DJs.

Manu Dibango at Korogo Festival

Manu Dibango was one of the numerous great musicians I interviewed in Antwerp, Belgium.  He was in the country many times to play at summer festivals, including the Sfinks festival and Mano Mundo festival.

Dibango has lived in France for his entire life, playing around the globe with numerous musicians.

Published by Secretsofaidsebolafacts

We are three united medical writers from different backgrounds. Dutch Micro-surgeon/scientist & author Johan Van Dongen / Journalist & author Joel Savage, from Belgium and a German medical doctor & author Dr. Wolff Geisler.

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