Cameroonian Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango has died while receiving treatment for coronavirus, this comes days after the death of Aurlus Mabele.
The man who was fondly known as ‘Pappy Grove’ by his family died aged 86.
An announcement of the 86-year-old saxophonist’s death to his fans on Facebook said: “A voice rises in the distance.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24 March 2020, at 86 years old, because of Covid-19.
His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.
If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email :
To Manu, Ad Lib…’
He was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz, fusing funk and traditional music from his homeland.
Below are some of the condolence messages from his fans
Isabelle Ginestiere: So sad, in addition to his music, such a big heart, such a caring being… we will miss him so much…. my thoughts are fully for his family… we will continue to listen to you Manu.
Françoise Faucon Piula: Very sad to lose such great talent in this time. May his humility and generosity serve as examples to our young talents, which would make him happy where he is going I am sure. My condolences to his biological and musical family. May his soul rest in peace.
Marie Lemire: Sad I live in Champigny I often saw him his smile his kindness he liked to play pinball huge thought.
Patricia Martin: So sad about the loss of this great artist. Condolences to all his loved ones. Music will be the strongest!!
Edwige Mesuret: It’s a great sadness….. you rocked my whole childhood.. my mom was a fan of you… rest in peace Manu Dibango… my sincere condolences to the family…. your presence will always be there… We will really miss your music…