Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango, a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone has died at the age of 86 in Italy after contracting the coronavirus.
According to his music publisher, Thierry Durepaire, Dibango died on Tuesday in a hospital in Paris.
Confirming his death, his family in a statement released on his official Facebook account stated that his funeral will take place in strict privacy while a public memorial service would be fixed later.
The statement read,
“It is with deep sadness that we announce to you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove who passed away on 24 March 2020, at 86 years old, because of Covid-19.
”His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.”
The veteran Afro-Jazz was best known for his 1972 song ‘Soul Makossa’.
He worked with notable stars such as South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo and American Herbie Hancock and also won an all African Music Legend Award.