Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Emmanuel N'Djoke Dibango, known as Manu Dibango, saxophonist and Franco-Cameroonian singer of world jazz, gestures to the crowds during his concert on June 29, 2018 at the Ivory Hotel Abidjan.


PARIS - Veteran Afro jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his music publisher told AFP.

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The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit Soul Makossa, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

"He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region," his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.