African saxophone legend, Manu Dibango, dies of Covid-19

African saxophone legend, Manu Dibango, dies of Covid-19

The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus.

The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon.

Dibango – best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa – is one of the first global stars to die from Covid-19.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page read.

His funeral will take place in “strict privacy”, the statement read, asking instead for people to send condolences by email and adding that a tribute will be arranged “when possible”.