Manu Dibango, Cameroon-born singer and saxophone player has died from corona virus infection, a statement on his official Facebook page has revealed.
Cameroon ministry of external relations said they observed a minute of silence in honour of the saxophone legend who passed away on Tuesday 24 March, in France due to COVID-19.
“Cameroon pays homage to one of it’s most illustrious ambassador, the virtuoso who exported the unique brand and feel of soul makossa from Cameroon to the world, making way for Cameroon and Africa to stand tall on the world stage. May his soul rest in peace,” they said.
Manu Dibango’s Soul Makossa released in 1972, was adapted by Michael Jackson in ‘Wanna be something’ and Rihanna in ‘Don’t stop the music’.
He was aged 86.