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Coronavirus: Africa mourns Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango

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Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango passed away on Tuesday in a Parisian hospital after contracting COVID-19 at the age of 86. We look at how the veteran artist had become an ambassador for African music around the globe.

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The Cameroonian star was one of the pioneers of Afro-jazz, known for fusing funk, soul and Congolese rumba with traditional Cameroonian music and even French chanson. Africans and music lovers around the world are mourning his death.

Also on the show, we look at the continent's growing response to the coronavirus pandemic: 43 out of the 54 countries on the continent now have confirmed cases. Africa CDC says that more than 2,000 people have tested positive so far. 

As cases rise, more and more nations are implementing lockdowns and curfews. Most countries have suspended flights, closed schools, and banned large gatherings to contain the coronavirus. Many are happy with these preventive measures, but some disagree with them.

Produced by Tommaso Mazzanti.

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