Manu Dibango

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Musician, song-writer (1933)
Mon Jul 18 2022
By   Selena

The Corona-virus has spread across the globe, forcing millions of people into lockdown as health systems struggle to cope. And in the quarantine period, a musical innovator nicknamed "Pappy Grove" called Manu Dibango died from COVID-19 on March 24, 2020.

Dibango was the first international star who died at the age of 86 due to COVID-19. He was a Cameroonian singer and songwriter who spent six decades playing saxophone and vibraphone. He was, in reality, the creator of a musical style that fused jazz, funk, French chanson, salsa, and traditional Cameroonian music. He thus influenced a younger of our time generation of Afro-jazz artists.

Emmanuel N'Djoke Dibango was born on December 12, 1933, in the Cameroonian city of Douala. His late father Michel was a civil servant and his mother Douala was a dressmaker. So far, he holds Cameroonian citizenship and belongs to the Yabassi ethnicity.

Who was Manu Married Before Passing in 2020?

The Cameroonian saxophonist was happily married to his long term partner, Marie-Josee until his death. The unlucky couple had their first met in Brussels and have enjoyed their marital life for 

Manu Dibango's wife was Marie-Josee,whom he married in 1957
Picture: Manu Dibango with his daughters, Georgia  and Marva
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Likewise, after some years of dating, Dibango and his wife, Marie tied the knot in 1957. But there is no much information regarding their marriage function on the media.

The married couple had two daughters and one son from their nuptials. The kids named are Georgia Dibango, Michel Dibango, and Marva Dibango.

Had Million Dollars Net Worth

Well, the late musician Dibango has been an incredibly well-rounded musician, making music in all kinds of styles: traditional Cameroonian pop, jazz, Congolese rumba, funk, and many more. Thus, during his strong music career, he definitely may have earned enough money.

While the exact amount of Manu's net worth is not stated anywhere, it is estimated at over $500,000 during his early 2020 death. He has released over 44 albums over his career, plus the various rumba recordings that include NYXIA. Afrijazzy, Tom II.

A late, Manu Dibang was hit for album Soul Makossa
Image: A late, Manu Dibang was hit for album Soul Makossa
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Similarly,  the 6 feet 3 inches tall singer brought African rhythms to famous Western music through his 1972 hit Soul Makossa. For the album, he was nominated at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974 in the categories Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for Soul Makossa.

The legendary singer has collaborated with several other artists, including Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Don Cherry, and Robbie, among others. He visited locations like Algeria, the United States, Belgium, Spain and many more.

Dies at 86 Due to COVID-19

On March 18, his official Facebook page confirmed that he had been admitted to a hospital in France for COVID-19 contracting. The statement said he had "rested well and recovered peacefully."

Soul Makossa's Singer, Manu Dibango Dies at 86 Due to COVID-19
Caption: Soul Makossa's Singer, Manu Dibango Dies at 86 Due to COVID-19
Source: BBC

Sadly, on Tuesday morning at 86, Manu could not recover and died from the coronavirus in Paris on 24 March 2020. The message added further, a private funeral service will be held, and a tribute to Dibango will be arranged wherever possible.

And his daughters, Georgia and Marva, and son, Michel, survived Dibango. The artist and saxophonist who born in Cameroon had died in a hospital near Paris. In similar ways, after the global pandemic of COVID-19, many stars includes Andy Cohen and Tom Hanks are facing a pandemic.

In addition to this,  Dibango lodged a complaint against Michael Jackson and Rihanna in 2009. Since the two sampled his songs, named Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "Don't Interrupt the Jam." But later the case was settled in a court.

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