Popular saxophone player Manu Dibango dies from coronavirus

Popular saxophone player Manu Dibango dies from coronavirus

The musician died on Tuesday in Paris, France at age 86.

Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango/ Instagram

Musicians around the world are mourning the passing of one of their own – Manu Dibango.

Dibango is known as one of the pioneers of Afro-funk music.

He became popular after he released ‘Soul Makossa’ in 1972.

The musician worked with renowned artists such as Paul Simon, Youssou N'Dour, Hugh Masekela, and Fela Kuti.

He was 86 when he died.  

Dibango had been in hospital due to coronavirus.

The news of his passing was announced on Facebook. 

“It is with deep sadness that we announce to you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to Covid 19. A funeral service “will be held in strict privacy” with a memorial service scheduled for “when possible”, amid lockdown measures in France," read the official statement on Facebook. 

Celebrities who have expressed sadness at his death include Lebo M and Angelique Kidjo. 

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