Cameroon-born singer and saxophone player Manu Dibango has 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,” it said.
The veteran Afro jazz star was admitted to hospital suffering from the coronavirus, his official Facebook page reported last Wednesday.
The 86-year-old Cameroonian star, best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, was being treated in a French hospital.
The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz, with his own style also fusing 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.
In 2009 he accused the “king of pop”, Michael Jackson, of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on his legendary “Thriller” album.
Michael Jackson later settled out of court.
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