” It is with deep unhappiness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a declaration on his official Facebook page read.
His funeral service will occur in “stringent privacy”, the statement read, asking instead for individuals to send acknowledgements by email and adding that a homage will be set up “when possible”.
Top African artists Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndour have led the tributes.
‘ Giant of African music’
On Twitter, Kidjo shared a video, tape-recorded two months earlier, of her rehearsing the end of Soul Makossa with Dibango.
” You’re the initial giant of African music and a gorgeous human being,” the Beninois performer wrote.