Sax­o­phon­ist Dibango dies of coro­n­avirus

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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.

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