Afro-jazz great Manu Dibango dies from coronavirus at 86

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Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango

AFRO-jazz legend Manu Dibango has died at the age of 86 after suffering the Covid-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus, his official Facebook page and French media reported on Tuesday.

A native of Cameroon, Dibango built up his reputation in his hometown Douala, as well as Kinshasa, Brussels and Paris.

He came to international attention with his 1972 album “Soul Makossa.”

According to “Who’s Who in France,’’ a saxophonist, keyboard and vibraphone player, Dibango also headed Cote d’Ivoire’s state television orchestra.

“The world of music has lost one of its legends.

“Manu Dibango’s talent and generosity knew no borders,’’ French Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted in response to the news. (dpa/NAN)

– Mar. 24, 2020 @ 15:37 GMT |

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