Manu Dibango: Cameroon’s Music Maestro Tests Positive for Covid-19

  • The 86-year-old saxophonist, on Wednesday, broke the news via his official Facebook page.
  • His close aides also confirmed that Dibango was admitted in a French hospital for a different disease when he contracted the virus.

Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango, popularly known as Manu Dibango, on Wednesday, announced that he had tested positive for the (Covid – 19) coronavirus.

Emmanuel Dibango, 86, broke the news to his fans via his Facebook page. Dibango’s close aides also confirmed that he was admitted in a French hospital for a different disease when he got infected.

“Further to a recent admission in hospital linked to Covid-19, Manu Dibango is resting well and calmly recovering.”

“Manu Dibango is taking some rest and recover in serenity; he wants you to respect his privacy and looks forward to meeting you soon and asks you to take good care of yourselves in this troubled period we are going through,” the Facebook update said.

Manu Dibango

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Born in Douala, Cameroon, in 1933, Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango is best known for his Grammy Award-winning track Soul Makossa.

Soul Makossa—produced in 1972— topped music charts across the globe upon its release, and is said to have influenced various music icons including Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Starting’ Somethin which was the opening track of the American’s famous album Thriller of 1982. The song was also sampled by various musicians including American pop star, Rihanna.

With a catalogue of over 40 albums and several film soundtracks to his name, Dibango has enjoyed a music career spanning several continents over five decades, during which he has worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrel, and the late, great, Grammy Award nominee – and Safaricom Jazz veteran – Hugh Masekela.

In 2009 he accused the “king of pop”, Michael Jackson, of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on his legendary “Thriller” album. They later settled out of court.

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