Africa’s Jazz Great Manu Dibango Dies in France of Virus

VOA | Renowned jazz man Manu Dibango, to many the beloved “Papy Groove” who served as an inspiration and pioneer in his art, died on Tuesday with the coronavirus, his official Facebook page announced. He was 86.

The saxophonist who inspired what is known as “world music” was recently hospitalized with an illness “linked to COVID-19,” his official Facebook page said last Wednesday, adding that he was “resting well and calmly recovering.”

The announcement did not say where he had been hospitalized, but Dibango, who was born in Cameroon, was known to live in France.

“He can’t wait to meet you again,” the earlier message said. That was not to be.

The artist inspired “world music” in the 1970s with the song “Soul Makossa.”

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 who are in the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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10 comments

  1. We still love your inspiring music.

  2. I will be surprised if Paul Biya and Cavaye survive this pandemic!

  3. REST IN PEACE! YOUR MUSIC AND GENTEEL PERSONALITY WILL LIVE ON. PLAYING YOUR MUSIC ALL DAY IN YOUR HONOR……. PAYING NOW….. SOIR AU VILLAGE

  4. Rest in peace grand manu.

  5. Ah, a true GIANT!! A man who brought fame & glory to his country, a big LEGEND. What you do for your country is more important than what your country does for you, paraphrasing JF Kennedy and Manu you did your country well.
    Great artist, copied by MJ which sums it all.

    I wish those who come from ENAM would not to steal but work hard to make a difference-take the normal salary & invest in some farm or business and in a few years the results would be amazing. We shout corruption but when in such roles we do it anyway.

    I served a short time at the Limbe Inland Revenue and the workers were amazed by my “No-taking bribes” stance & refusal to seize trucks from Truck Pushers for 6000 FRS. I told them it was survival not an activity worth taxing let alone taking bribes for.

    Love CMR not CPDM.

  6. Camerbeleiver (Colby )

    Manu forever!!!

  7. Reposes toi en paix.
    Tu n’es pas mort pour nous les Camerounais, nous savons que tu te reposes. Reposes-toi en paix.

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