Obi Casmir, President of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMA), has expressed shock over the death of Manu Dibango, a renowned Afro-jazz music star.
Dibango died after contracting the new virus COVID-19.
Casmir said the Cameroonian star, who died at the age of 86, was best known for his blend of jazz and funk kind of music hits in 1972.
“It’s so sad and shocking to hear that Dibango has passed on this morning without record of any sickness; I feel bad, more pained because we lost him to this new evil Coronavirus.
“He was really famous, an entertainer to the core who thrilled audience with afro jazz music style at concerts and events, it’s a loss to us in the music industry,” he said.
The PMAN boss said that the late pianist and saxophonist had his biggest hit with Soul Makossa which distinguished him among other musicians in the 70’s.
Casmir, therefore, advised musicians to adhere strictly to preventive measures spelt out by authorities on the current COVID-19, adding that people must forget about public performances.