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Folawemi Durosomo

Afro-jazz muscian, Manu Dibango, has died on Tuesday in a hospital in Paris, France after contracting the Coronavirus disease.

A message posted on his official Facebook page on Tuesday confirmed this information.

The message posted on his Facebook page said that the ‘Soul Makossa’ singer died after he contracted COVID-19.

The statement confirmed that “his funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.”

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Manu Dibango was one of the pioneers of the Afro-jazz genre and is famous for fusing funk with traditional Cameroonian music.

It was confirmed that the saxophonist was recovering after testing positive and receiving treatment at the hospital.

On March 19, a message on his official Facebook read “After a recent hospital stay due to the Covid-19, Manu Dibango is resting and recovering in serenity. He asks you to respect his privacy. He looks forward to seeing you soon and asks you, in this troubled time that we all go through, to take good care of you.”

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