Jazz Star Manu Dibango Dies In France After Contracting Coronavirus – Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango, best known for the 1972 hit ‘Soul Makossa’ died in Paris on Tuesday.
Jazz Star Manu Dibango Dies In France After Contracting Coronavirus | Africa’s Jazz Legend Manu Dibango Dead:
Renowned Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango, who gained international fame with his 1972 song “Soul Makossa,” died in a hospital in the Paris region.
The 86-year-old Cameroonian who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus.
A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that Manu Dibango is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message said.
Manu Dibango was hospitalized with an illness “linked to COVID-19,” his official Facebook page said last week.
“He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” Manu Dibango’s music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.
Born in the Cameroonian port city of Douala in 1933, Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango, who used Manu Dibango as his stage name, did his studies in the northern cathedral city of Chartres, where he made his first steps in music, learning the mandolin and the piano.
Manu Dibango met his future wife, Marie-Josee, known as “Coco”, travelling by pirogue to her residence, Douala.
Manu Dibango Best Known For “Soul Makossa” Died | Afro-Jazz Star Manu Dibango Dies Of Coronavirus:
Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world music scene, including a catchy hook, “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa” copied by some of the world’s biggest pop stars without his permission.
In 2009, Manu Dibango, who was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group – African Jazz, filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna, claiming they had stolen the line is from his 1972 single “Soul Makossa”, in “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Don’t Stop the Music,” respectively, Jackson settled out of court.
Manu Dibango albums included: Manu Dibango (1968), Saxy Party (1969), O Boso (1971), Soma Loba (1971), Soul Makossa (1972), African Voodoo (1972)
Africadelic (1973), Blue Elephant (1973), Makossa Man (1974), African Funk (1974), Makossa Music (1975), African Rhythm Machine (1975), Countdown at Kusini O.S.T. (1975), Manu 76 (1976), Super Kumba (1976) Decca/PolyGram Records, The World of Manu Dibango (1976), Ceddo O.S.T (1977), L’Herbe Sauvage O.S.T. (1977), Disque D’Or (1977), A l’Olympia (1978), Anniversaire Au Pays (1978), Afrovision (1978), Sun Explosion (1978), Le Prix De La Liberte (1978), Big Blow (1978), Gone Clear (1979), Ses Plus Grands Succes (1979), Home Made (1979), Ambassador (1981), Waka Juju (1982), Mboa (1982), Soft And Sweet (1983), Deliverance (1983).
Manu Dibango other albums included: Surtension (1984), Electric Africa (1985), Afrijazzy (1986), Négropolitaines, Vol.1 (1989), Deliverance (1989), Happy Feeling (1989), Rasta Souvenir (1989), Polysonik (1991), Bao Bao (1992), Negropolitaines, Vol.2 (1992), Autoportrait (1992),Live ’91 (1994), Wakafrika (1994), Lamastabastani (1996), Sax & Spirituals (1996),Papa Groove: Live ’96 (1996), Manu Safari (1998), Mboa’ Su – Kamer Feelin’ (1999), Collection Legende (1999),Kamer Feelin’ (2001), B Sides (2002), Dance With Manu Dibango (2002), From Africa (2003), Lion of Africa (2007), African Woodoo (2008),Choc’n’Soul (2010), Afro Funk (2010),Past Present Future (2011), Ballad Emotion (2011), Africa Boogie (2013),Aloko Party (2013), Lagos Go Slow (2013), Balade En Saxo (2013).
Africa’s jazz great Manu Dibango is survived by four children.