Tributes for Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango have been flooding social media.
The 86-year-old saxophone player died in Paris on Tuesday morning after catching coronavirus.
Beninois star Angélique Kidjo called him the “original giant of African music” – and tweeted a clip of them rehearsing his hit Soul Makossa together two months ago:
Youssou Ndour was distraught at the news, tweeting: “Oh no not you Manu Dibango”.
The Senegalese pop star said he didn’t have the words to express his sadness at the loss of the “genius of the sax”:
“You were a big brother, a pride for Cameroon and for all of Africa. A huge loss!”