African saxophone legend, Manu Dibango dies of Covid-19

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Sad news for the fans of the African saxophone legend Manu Dibango. The legendary star has died in Paris after catching coronavirus.

Famous for his 1972 song Soul Makossa, Man Dibango is one of the first global stars to die from Covid-19 at the age of 86.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page read.

His funeral will take place in “strict privacy”, reported the statement, asking instead for people to send condolences by email and adding that a tribute will be arranged “when possible” as reported by BBC.

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As a reminder, Dibango was born in the Cameroonian city of Douala in 1933, which at the time was under French colonial rule. Over six decades, Dibango’s musical career spanned across the globe, a great loss for the music industry.