Afro jazz maestro Manu Dibango dies after testing positive for COVID-19

first_imgTogo confirms first COVID-19 case Madagascar records first COVID-19 case Franco-Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango performs late on July 15, 2011 in Quebec City during the 43rd Quebec City Summer Festival. PHOTO | SEYLLOU | AFPVeteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed.The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.“He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message said.The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon football team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.With a catalogue of over 40 albums and several film soundtracks to his name, Dibango has enjoyed a music career spanning several continents over five decades, during which he has worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrel and the late, great, Grammy Award nominee – and Safaricom Jazz veteran – Hugh Masekela.Relatedcenter_img Seychelles confirms fourth COVID-19 caselast_img