Manu Dibango was a Cameroonian Jazz singer and saxophone player.
Dibango is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.
Reports say that Manu Dibango passed in France on Tuesday morning March 24, after contracting the deadly Coronavirus. If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email: "firstname.lastname@example.org".
He will be remembered for being the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music. The tune was subsequently picked up and popularized by New York DJs.
The song was the B-side of Hymne de la 8e Coupe d'Afrique des Nations, a song that celebrated the Cameroon national football team's appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.
The Grammy-nominated track became popular in NY clubs thanks to disco DJ David Mancuso and was eventually sampled by Jackson and Quincy Jones on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" from "Thriller". Dibango claimed Jackson used the musical passage for two songs on the world's best-selling album, Thriller. The matter was solved outside the court after Jackson admitted borrowing Dibango's lyrics without his permission.
Tributes have come flooding in on Twitter for Dibango, with many users emphasizing his importance, not just to his country, but to "humanity as a whole".
Reminiscing the times he interacted with Manu Dibango, Rockstone said that he was indebted to the legend whose sounds influenced his early Hiplife works.
The "Soul Makossa" chant - "Ma-mako, ma-ma-sa, mako-mako ssa" - was also sampled by artists like Kanye West ("Lost in the World"), Will Smith ("Gettin' Jiggy Wit It") and A Tribe Called Quest ("Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)").