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Cameroun Saxophone Legend Manu Dibango Dies Of Covid-19

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Cameroonian Saxophonist and music veteran Manu Dibango has died from Coronavirus. Dibango before his death was one of biggest musicians of African extract. He’s one of the first global star to die from Covid-19.


His biggest success Soul Makosa released in 1987 transcended the African borders and became smashing across the world.


In his sonorous voice and accompanying saxophone, Dibango made music fusing sounds of jazz and traditional African tunes from Cameroon, his home country.


He once said: “What is special is that Africa has a long historical relationship with sound, and a communion between sound and the visual stronger than in any other culture. The sound carries the rhythm and the movement creates the images. The way an African moves compared with the environment is different from the western conception.”


Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango

The 86-yr old in his lifetime collaborated with several global stars including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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He once sued the late “King of Pop” Micheal Jackson for lifting a the refrain “mama-say, mama-sa, ma-makossa” on his song Wanna Be Starting Something, from his 1982 album Thriller. Jackson settled out of court, paying Dibango a substantial fine.


Emmanuel Manu Dibango was born in Douala, in Cameroon. His father was a high-ranking civil servant, his mother a fashion designer. Both parents were devout protestants and such, disapproved of his music-making ways. He however received encouragement from his choir-master who bought him his first flute made from bamboo.


Dibango later immigrated to France where he continued to make music and flourished.

He died on March 24 at age 86.


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