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Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:57 - Updated Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:59

Covid-19 musician Manu Dibango dies

Luanda - Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango passed away today in France at the age of 86, victim of covid-19, France Presse learnt from Thierry Durepaire who managed the career of the famous afro-jazz musician.

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Manu Dibango performing

Photo: Lino Guimaraes

The author of "Soul Makossa" (1972) - one of the first Afro-jazz songs known worldwide - died this morning in a hospital in the Paris region.

"The funeral ceremonies will take place in a restricted manner, in a family environment, but a tribute will be held as soon as possible," reads the message that has just been published on the saxophonist's official page on the Facebook digital platform.

"Soul Makossa", the theme that made Manu Dibango world famous was initially the B-side of a single (45rpm) that contained a hymn in homage to the Cameroonian football squad on the occasion of the African Cup in 1972.

Shortly after editing the first work, Manu Dibango's music was played by radio stations in New York.

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