Cameroonian Afro-jazz star Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango aka Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus.
“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.
Soul Makossa hitmaker, is remembered in 2009 when he filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson saying he had stolen a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two tracks on the world’s best-selling album, Thriller. Jackson settled out of court.
“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message said.
Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people who are in the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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.