Saxophonist Manu Dibango dies in France of COVID-19

Manu Dibango

Paris France after contracting the new coronavirus

Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango has died after contracting the coronavirus, Covid-19.

Music stalwart Manu Dibango passed away today morning at a hospital in Paris owing to COVID-19.

He will be remembered for being the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.

World-famous singer and saxophonist Manu Dibango has died from a coronavirus infection at the age of 86 in France, his management team said on Tuesday.

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"Soul Makossa" was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world music scene, including a catchy hook copied by some of the world's biggest pop stars.

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

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 keen interest in piano and saxophone.

The Grammy-nominated track became popular in NY clubs thanks to disco DJ David Mancuso and was eventually sampled by Jackson and Quincy Jones on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" from "Thriller". He became a professional musician and joined the group Africa Jazz, and returned to Paris in 1965. The matter was solved outside the court after Jackson admitted borrowing Dibango's lyrics without his permission. In 2009 he sued late music icon Michael Jackson for using his line 'mama-say, mama-sa, ma-makossa' in his song 'Wanna Be Startin'Somethin'.

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