Saxophonist Dibango dies of coronavirus
PARIS: World-famous singer and saxophonist Manu Dibango had died from a coronavirus infection at the age of 86 in France, his management team said yesterday.
Cameroon-born Dibango arrived in France in the early 1950s and studied jazz and saxophone in the northern city of Reims, where he started playing in clubs.
Dibango died yesterday in a hospital in the Paris region.
In the early 1960s, his style of playing took on more African rhythms as he collaborated with Brussels-based musicians from Congo, and began touring in Africa.
In the late 1960s, Dibango started his own band, played with a string of French musicians and, in 1972, he had a major hit with Soul Makossa, which was reinterpreted by many other artists. In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against the producers of Michael Jackson for using a riff from the hit, which became world famous through Jackson’s hit
The case was later settled out of court.