One of the greatest musicians and jazz musicians of modern Africa, born in Cameroon, saxophonist Emmanuel N’Jock Dibango died at the age of 86 in a hospital in France, where he was diagnosed with a new coronavirus. This was reported on Tuesday by France-Presse (AFP), citing musician manager Thierry Durerper.
“He died in the morning in one of the hospitals in the Paris region,” said Dureper.
AFP notes that N’Joke Dibango was the first world-class celebrity to die from complications caused by the new coronavirus.
Emmanuel N’Joke Dibango became widely known with the release in 1972 of the album Soul Makossa (“Soul of Makoss”). Over the years, he developed his own style of afrojazz, which combined traditional jazz, funk and traditional West African music. Emmanuel N’Joke Dibango also wrote music, including songs. In the 80s of the last century he worked closely with the French composer and singer Serge Gainsbourg.
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