Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango has died at 86 years old in a Paris hospital after contracting the deadly Coronavirus.
Dibango is best known for his hit from 1972, Soul Mokossa.
His funeral will take place in “strict privacy”, instead for people to send condolences by email and a tribute will be arranged “when possible”.
Dibango was born in 1933 in Douala, Cameroon. He attended high school in France and began learning instruments: first the piano, then saxophone – for which he became best known – and vibraphone.
The line “mama-say, mama-sa, ma-makossa” from Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ was lifted from Dibango’s chorus on Soul Makossa. In 2009 he filed two cases against Micheal Jackson and US superstar Rihanna for using the line. His tracks were also sampled by artists including Busta Rhymes and the Chemical Brothers.
He has collaborated with artists like Nigerian Fela Kuti, United states Herbie Hancock and South Africa’s Hugh Masekela over his career.
He becomes one of the global stars to die from Covid-19.