Manu Dibango, one of pioneers of Afro-funk music, passed away on Tuesday at age 86 in Paris, France. Representatives for the artist, best known for his 1972 hit “Soul Makossa,” announced on his social media accounts that his death was caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). 

“It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove” a statement on his official Facebook read. 

Chers parents, chers amis, chers fans,Une voix s’élève au lointain…C'est avec une profonde tristesse que nous vous…

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Dibango is among the first global musicians to die from the coronavirus pandemic. A public memorial will be “organized when possible.” 

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Various musicians have posted tributes to the late artist on their social media accounts: