Jazz legend Manu Dibango has died from Covid-19

Renowned jazz saxophonist and singer Manu Dibango, who bridged Africa and Europe by mixing sounds and rhythms, has died in Paris aged 86 from Covid-19.

The Cameroonian jazz legend was born in 1933 in what was then French Cameroon and arrived in France as a teenager in 1949 for his studies.

He started playing the saxophone in 1956, which became his passion to the point that his father stopped financing his studies.

His playing improved and his contracts brought him to Belgium where, in contact with musicians from the Congolese community, he ‘Africanized’ his repertoire.

Until 1965 his career was essentially divided between Brazzavile (today capital city of the Congo Republic) and Cameroon. Then, on his return to France, ...

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