Cameroonian music star Manu Dibango dies from Coronavirus

Popular Cameroon Afro-jazz musician, Manu Dibango, is dead. His family on Tuesday announced that he died from the coronavirus in France, where nearly 300 deaths and almost 10, 000 confirmed cases have been reported so far.

France, which is also among the worst-hit in Europe, just entered its second week of national lockdown aimed at containing the Covid-19 outbreak.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19,” his family said in a statement on Facebook.

Dibango, 86, until his death was known for his mastery of the saxophone and vibraphone. His home country Cameroon has 56 confirmed cases.

He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music.

Last week, his family announced that Dibango, named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004, had contracted coronavirus but was “resting well and calmly recovering”.

Covid19, a strain of the coronavirus which first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has killed more than 15, 000, leaving tens of thousands bedridden.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 13 declared the outbreak a pandemic.

There are more than 382,000 confirmed cases so far worldwide. Cases in Africa is nearing 2, 000.

Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.