Coronavirus has dealt the African music industry a big blow by claiming the life of Cameroon’s top Afro-jazz star – Manu Dibango.
He died on Tuesday after contracting Covid-19, becoming the latest African artist to succumb to the virus.
Though he was in the ripe age of 86, his fans would still have wanted him around. He became very popular with the 1972 hit Soul Makossa.
A Facebook statement reads: “He died at a hospital in Paris. His funeral service will be held in strict privacy and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible”.
Dibango’s death comes days after that of Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabélé, known as the “King of Soukous”, an up-tempo modern variant of Congolese rumba. He died on Thursday, also in Paris, aged 67.
Tributes for Dibango poured in on social media after news of his death broke.