Cameroonian superstar, Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango fondly known as Manu Dibango has said he “resting well and calmly recovering” after he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19.)
The 86-year-old saxophonist, songwriter and singer on Wednesday broke the news on his official Facebook page but his close aides also confirmed that he had been admitted in a French hospital for a different disease when he contracted the virus.
“Further to a recent admission in hospital linked to Covid-19, Manu Dibango is resting well and calmly recovering,” the musician said on Facebook without details of the medical facility where he is receiving treatment.
The fuse jazz artiste called on his fans to respect his privacy, saying he can’t wait to meet his fans again soon.
Dibango’s hit song Soul Makossa—produced in 1972— is said to have influenced Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Starting’ Somethin which was the opening track of the American’s famous album Thriller of 1982.
The government had yet to comment on state of the highly acclaimed jazz maestro who lives in the French capital, Paris but regularly visits Cameroon.