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24 March 2020 14:33

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Saxophonist Manu Dibango dies in France of COVID-19

Iconic Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango has died aged 86 from complications due to COVID-19. "His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible," a message posted to his official Facebook account read. Chers parents, chers amis, chers fans, Une voix s'élève au lointain… C'est avec une profonde tristesse que nous vous... Publiée par Manu Dibango - Officiel sur Mardi 24 mars 2020 The Afro-jazz artist created the famous world music tune "Soul Makossa". He then reportedly sued Michael Jackson for taking one of the tune's lines "mama say mama sa mama coosa" for a track on his "Thriller" album.

According to AFP, a financial agreement was eventually settled over the use of the line in the Jackson song "Wanna be starting something". The line also appears in the Rihanna song "Please don't stop the music". Dibango was born in 1933 in Douala, Cameroon. He moved to France in 1949 where he discovered jazz music. Just last week, a message on his Facebook said that he was recovering from the virus.

"He can't wait to meet you again soon, and in those troubled times we all go through, wants you to take very good care of yourselves," the message read. Funeral services were to be "held in strict privacy" followed by a tribute "when possible," Tuesday's announcement said. Why did this happen? Please make sure your browser supports JavaScript and cookies and that you are not blocking them from loading. For more information you can review our Terms of Service and Cookie Policy.

Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. Jazz great Manu Dibango, best known for his 1972 hit "Soul Makoosa," has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to a statement on his official Facebook page. "It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19," it said. "His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible," the message added. The Cameroon-born singer and saxophonist died in a hospital near Paris, according to his music publisher Thierry Durepaire, Agence France-Presse reported.

The artist, who inspired "world music" in the 1970s, was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional music from Cameroon. His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon soccer team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up by New York DJs. FILE - In this Jan.24, 2018 file photo, saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during Franck Sorbier's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris. Renowned jazz man Manu Dibango, to many the beloved "Papy Groove" who served as an inspiration and pioneer in his art, died on Tuesday from the coronavirus, his official Facebook page announced. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) PARIS – Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday with the coronavirus, according to his music publisher. The Cameroon-born saxophonist, who gained international fame with his 1972 song "Soul Makossa," died in a hospital in the Paris region, Thierry Durepaire said. Dibango was hospitalized with an illness "linked to COVID-19," his official Facebook page said last week. "Soul Makossa" was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world music scene, including a catchy hook copied by some of the world's biggest pop stars. In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna, claiming they had stolen his music in "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "Don't Stop the Music," respectively. Jackson settled out of court. Funeral services were to be "held in strict privacy" followed by a tribute "when possible," Tuesday's announcement said. Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people n the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Dibango is survived by four children.