Cameroonian Jazz legend Manu Dibango has died of coronavirus. The 86-year-old saxophonist was considered one of the foremost pioneers of Afro-jazz, known for his fusion of funk with traditional Cameroonian sounds.
Last week, a post on his Facebook page had announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was receiving treatment in a Hospital in France.Some reports had disclosed that the Cameroonian music legend has contracted the virus while he was admitted at the Lariboisiere Hospital in France for another health issue.
The multitalented artist finally bowed to the deadly disease this Tuesday March 24, 2020. Born in December 12, 1933, in Douala, Littoral region of Cameroon, the renowned Cameroonian saxophonist developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music.
As the Afro-Jazz ambassador, he is famed for one of the greatest hits of African music, Soul Makossa released in 1972.Having decades of an exceptional musical career, Manu Dibango before his illness still honoured music as a platform to serve.He quit the scene at eighty-six, leaving behind three children, family members, fans and the whole world to morn him.