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Obit: Manu Dibango, jazzman (1933-2020)

Felipa 24 Mar 20 - 06:41 PM
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Subject: Obit: Manu Dibango, jazzman
From: Felipa
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 06:41 PM

"Cameroon is mourning the loss of legendary saxophonist and singer Manu Dibango, who died of COVID-19 in France.

"Family members and lovers of his music have been visiting the iconic musician’s relatives in his country of origin to express their condolences. Family members and fans of music icon Manu Dibango have been weeping at his Douala residence in Cameroon since news of the 86-year-old’s death broke Tuesday morning.

"Thirty-year-old Olive Njock, speaking through a messaging app from Douala, says Africa has lost a talent and peacemaker. She says she feels devastated that a man who is known to have used music to make Cameroon and Africa smile and forget about challenges like famine, wars and diseases has unexpectedly succumbed to COVID-19."
"Jazz legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris aged 86 after catching coronavirus.
"He was best known for his 1972 song Soul Makossa and often fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country of Cameroon.
"News of his death came from a post on his official Facebook page, referring to him by his nickname 'Papy Groove'."

There are videos of Manu Dibango on both of the web pages cited.

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