Manu Dibango has passed away aged 86 in Paris after contracting COVID-19.
The legendary Cameroonian saxophone player is best known for his 1972 song ‘Soul Makossa’, which was a favourite at David Mancuso’s Loft parties, and also famously sampled by Michael Jackson in ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’’ and Rihanna in ‘Don’t Stop The Music’.
A statement on Dibango’s official Facebook page says: “It is with deep sadness that we announce [to] you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove.
“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible. If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email: email@example.com.”
Listen to ‘Soul Makossa’ below.
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