Author of one of the most plagiarized songs in the world Muri Manu Dibango by coronavirus, a jazz legend
Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician who became a leader in African jazz, died at the age of 86, in a hospital located on the outskirts of Paris, of the coronavirus, as reported on his official Facebook page.
The saxophonist, known worldwide for his song “Soul Makossa” and for his collaboration with artists such as Sting and Peter Gabriel, had announced last week, through the networks, that he had contracted the virus, and expressed his desire to return to meet “soon” with his audience.
Dibango was one of the most respected musicians in Africa from a work that allowed jazz to be fused with indigenous rhythms.
His song “Soul Makossa”, considered an antecedent of disco music, was picked up by several artists, such as Rihanna, Eminem and, fundamentally, Michael Jackson, in the song “Wanna be starting something”, which opened the album “Thriller”, to whom he brought a plagiarism trial that was settled with an out of court settlement.
Dibango had studied in France and started his career as a jazz musician in the 1940s, but in the following decade he made contact with Congolese artists in Brussels who influenced him and gave his creations a more local character.
Beyond his work with Fela Kuti, undoubtedly one of the most relevant African musicians, Dibango was recognized worldwide when he was contacted by artists such as Sting and Peter Gabriel, in their attempts to bring pop closer to the so-called world music.
With information from Télam.