Cameroonian singer and saxophone player Manu Dibango is dead.
The 86 year old singer died from a coronavirus infection, according to a statement on his official Facebook page on Tuesday.
“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, His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible. If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org” read the statement
The singer confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 in France last Wednesday.
The saxophonist is considered one of the foremost pioneers of Afro-jazz, known for his fusion of funk with traditional Cameroonian sounds.
His iconic1972 B-side “Soul Makossa” was a global hit, which both Michael Jackson and Rihanna famously referenced in their hit songs “Wanna Be Startin Somethin,” and “Please Don’t Stop the Music,” respectively