Manu Dibango, renowned jazz artist, dies of coronavirus complications at age 86

Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango

A French agency announced on March 24 the death of the Cameroonian saxophone player and songwriter Manu Dibango, due to COVID-19.

Manu Dibango has died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus in Paris, France.

"Sax is sexy. I play other instruments too, but my voice sounds best through a saxophone", Dibango - who also played piano, organ and vibraphone - told French music programme Basique a year ago.

Manu Dibango is one of the first global stars to have died as a result of COVID-19.

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.

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So appealing were Dibango's songs that renowned R&B superstars Michael Jackson and Rihanna picked up lines from his Soul Mokassa song to come up with their song album in You Wannabe startin' Something. Jackson settled the case out of court.

"Jay Z sampled his (Manu Dibango) song and he went out for his money but when I used it, he said, for me it's free", he added.

Top African musicians Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndour have led the tributes.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that the coronavirus has brought a lot of shock and fear around the world since the disease now has no cure.

Last year, on the sidelines of a tour celebrating 60 years on stage, he said jazz music needed to have a danceable beat. He became a professional musician and joined the group Africa Jazz, and returned to Paris in 1965.

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