Cameroon’s highly celebrated Afro Jazz musician Manu Dibango, real names Emmanuel N’djoke Dbango, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. The famous 86-year-old saxophonist revealed the news via his Facebook page in a March 18 post.
“Dear audience, dear friends, we bring to your information that after a recent hospitalization due to COVID-19, Manu Dibango rests and recovers in serenity. He asks you to respect his privacy.
“He looks forward to meeting you soon and asks you, in this troubled period that we are all going through to take very good care of yourselves,” read a statement on his official page.
Manu Dibangowas reportedly admitted in a French hospital for another issue when he contracted the virus
The artiste was reportedly admitted in a French hospital for another issue when he contracted the virus. The renowned entertainer was previously a member of Rumba group African Jazz, and is reportedly one of the pioneers of Afro-jazz, with his own style fusing funk with traditional Cameroonian music.
Dibango famously saw international recognition for his 1973 song Soul Makossa. After a 1968 debut and three albums, the artiste experienced huge success in his fourth album.
The album benefited from the success of its massively prosperous title track [Soul Makossa] to win a gold record for sales in the US and an enviable Grammy Award nomination for best rhythm and blues instrumental performance of the year.
To date, the celebrated artist has released over 40 albums and has been sited to influence new-age musicians with the unique style he has brought into the craft throughout the years.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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