Manu Dibango, Cameroonian saxophone legend, has died in Paris, France, after contracting Coronavirus.
Dibango, who was best known for his 1972 hit song, Soul Makossa, is one of the first global personality to die from the pandemic.
The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music, with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce to you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page read.
His funeral will take place in “strict privacy”, the statement added, asking people to send condolences by email.
It also said a tribute will be arranged “when possible”.
Dibango was born in the Cameroonian city of Douala in 1933, which was at the time under the French colonial rule.
His musical career lasted for more than six decades.
He worked with notable musical stars such as South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and American Herbie Hancock.
In 2009, he filed a lawsuit, claiming that Michael Jackson stole a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two songs on the world’s best-selling album, Thriller.
Jackson settled the case out of court.