Saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during Franck Sorbier's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris. Picture: AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File
Saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during Franck Sorbier's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris. Picture: AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File

4 moments that remind us of Manu Dibango

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Mar 25, 2020

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On Tuesday morning the world woke up to sad news that Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango has died due to the coronavirus. 

The 86-year-old musician, real name Emmanuel N'Djoke Dibango died on Tuesday morning at a hospital outside Paris, France, according to AFP. 

He was admitted to hospital on March 18 after being linked to Covid-19.   Dibango was a well-known   songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. 

He has  performed with the legendary Hugh Masekela and to remember him, we take a look at his top five songs. 

Soul Makossa

Released in  in 1972 under the record label Fiesta, "Soul Makossa" is one of the most loved song in the streets on New York City. 

It was played heavily by Frankie Crocker, who DJ'd at WBLS, then New York's most popular black radio station.

Aye Africa

Aah, who will forget this special Lion of Africa concert back in 2004 when Dibango celebrated his 71st birthday with Courtney Pine and the Maraboutik Big Band in London. 

Meeting Hugh Masekela for the first time

Heaven is rejoicing right now because these two legends are now together. 

In 2012, Dibango and Hugh Masekela met for the first time at Fiest' A Setè, a music festival held in France over 2 weeks. 

Performing with Opera Orchestra National Montpellier Occitanie 

In February, Dibango performed  at the Corum - Palais des Congrès - Berlioz Opera with  Opera Orchester National Montpellier Occitanie and he nailed it. 

Dibango's funeral service will be held in private, and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible.

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