“Papa Manu, rest in peace”: tribute to the legendary saxophonist, Manu Dibango, coronavirus death

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“Papa Manu, rest in peace”: tribute to the legendary saxophonist, Manu Dibango, coronavirus death

“Papa Manu, rest in peace”

Legendary Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango died on March 24, 2020 of the Covid-19 at the age of 86. The entire planet has lost a remarkable artist who has led to promoting music culture in Africa and around the world. He managed to impose world music, between soul, jazz and African music.

A multi-talented man, he also knew how to play the piano, sing, and arrange this music like a real conductor.

What happened ?

 “Soul Makossa” artist had been hospitalized in Melun, in the Paris region, after having tested positive for Covid-19. In the early morning, he left.

How did his funeral take place?

They took place on Friday March 27 in a small committee, respecting the rules of containment following the coronavirus pandemic.

There were five members of the artist’s family, with a photo of Manu Dibango, saxophone with lips. This very moving photo has been commented on by many fans.

 

 

“Soul Makossa”, his greatest success

Affectionately known as Papy Groove, in 1972 he composed the music “Soul Makossa” for African Cup of nations anthems. Huge success, this song will make it known internationally and will sell more than 50,000 copies. The music has been repeatedly sampled by Michael Jackson in “Wanna Be Starting Something”, and “” Don’t Stop The Music “by Rihanna.

We extend our condolences to his wife Marie-Josée and his children Michel, James, Marva and Georgia.


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