Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango who has been described as an African saxophone legend has died of Coronavirus at age 86.
Dibango, whose death occurred in France is best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa who fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page said.
He collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
The Cameroonian musician filed a lawsuit in 2009 saying Michael Jackson had stolen a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two tracks on the world’s best-selling album, Thriller. Jackson settled the case out of court.
His funeral is expected to take place in strict privacy. Sympathizers have been requested to send their condolences by email.