New York rapper Pete Rock is putting respect on Manu Dibango‘s name. The hip-hop veteran has remembered the life of the late African musician following a reported battle with COVID-19.
Rock went to Instagram Wednesday to pay homage to Dibango’s legacy. Pete shared a slideshow of throwback Manu pics and cover art of him on his memorable saxophone.
“R.I.P. Manu Dibango. Coronavirus.”
According to reports, Dibango died just a few years shy of turning 90. Manu reportedly caught COVID-19 while getting medical attention for a separate condition.
The legendary Cameroonian Afro-jazz saxophonist, Manu Dibango died this week in a Paris hospital at 86 from complications after contracting the coronavirus while being treated for another illness. Dibango, who was born Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango, will be buried in private and a ceremony to pay him homage will be organized when possible. (Quartz Africa)
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African musician Angelique Kidjo also stepped forward to remember Manu. She shared a recent throwback clip hanging out alongside the music legend.
“Dear Manu Dibango, you’ve always been there for me from my beginnings in Paris to this rehearsal just two months ago! You’re the original Giant of African Music and a beautiful human being. This coda of Soul Makossa is for you!”
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Over the past few decades, Manu has released ample music and worked with various musicians. Kidjo also previously took legal action against music icon Michael Jackson.
The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon. He collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. The Cameroonian musician filed a lawsuit in 2009 saying Michael Jackson had stolen a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two tracks on the world’s best-selling album, Thriller. Jackson settled the case out of court. (BBC)