One of the original legends of Africa has gone.
Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies of coronavirus
Manu Dibango won a Grammy Award for his song Soul Makossa.
Famous Cameroonian saxophonist Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango, popularly known as Manu Dibango, has died of coronavirus.
He died on Tuesday morning at a hospital outside the French capital, Paris.
The 86-year-old jazz musician had last week announced on his Facebook page that he had contracted the coronavirus.
He is best known for the 1972 hit Soul Makossa.
I consider Manu Dibango to be one of the 4 great legends of African music. The others are Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, Hugh Masekela of South Africa and Miriam Makeba also of South Africa.
Manu Dibango’s 1972 classic, Soul Makossa, was a worldwide hit and he won a Grammy Award for it.
Michael Jackson stole a portion of the song for his hit “Startin Something” and Dibango sued him, but the matter was settled out of court. Michael Jackson then granted Rihanna the right to use that portion of the song in her hit, “Please Don’t Stop The Music” and Dibango sued both Michael and Rihanna.
He has been based in Paris, France since at least the 1970s.
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa (1972).