Following the death of Congolese Soukous star Aurlus Mabele from Paris France just a few days back, death has robbed us yet again of another great African musician. Cameroon Saxophone player Manu Dibango succumbed to the deadly coronavirus earlier this morning at the age of 86.
It has been reported that the legendary Cameroon-born singer and Saxophone player died from a coronavirus infection, 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,” the statement said.
The statement announcing the demise of the Afro-Jazz maestro was placed by close family members on his Facebook page.
In Uganda, Manu Dibangu is remembered for an astounding performance alongside Isaiah Katumwa at a Jazz concert in Kampala Serena Hotel, to celebrate International Jazz Day in 2018. The concert was in memory of yet another fallen legend South African father of Jazz Hugh Masekela.
The author of one of the biggest planetary hits in world music, “Soul Makossa” (1972), is the second high profile person to die from the virus in the last few hours after former Real Madrid President Lorenzo Sanz on Sunday. He died in the early hours of the morning in a hospital in the Paris region.
“Soul Makossa”, the song that gave birth to him, has met with an astonishing fate. It started out as the B-side of a single, the main title of which was an anthem for the Cameroonian football team at the African Cup of Nations.
After it was spotted by New York DJs, the track has since touched thousands of lives. Manu Dibango had even accused Michael Jackson of plagiarism on a track from the album “Thriller”. A financial agreement was finally reached.
His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible. May His Soul Rest In Peace!