African jazz great Manu Dibango dies in France of coronavirus


In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna, claiming they had stolen his music in “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Don’t Stop the Music,” respectively. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday with the coronavirus, according to his music publisher. Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people and the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Dibango is survived by four children. By: AP | Paris |

Published: March 25, 2020 8:40:53 am

Manu Dibango was 86 (Photo: AP Images). He was 86. Jackson settled out of court. Dibango was hospitalized with an illness “linked to COVID-19,” his official Facebook page said last week. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. The Cameroon-born saxophonist, who gained international fame with his 1972 song “Soul Makossa,” died in a hospital in the Paris region, Thierry Durepaire said. Funeral services were to be “held in strict privacy” followed by a tribute “when possible,” Tuesday’s announcement said. “Soul Makossa” was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world music scene, including a catchy hook copied by some of the world’s biggest pop stars.