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African jazz great Manu Dibango dies of virus

Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday with the coronavirus, according to his music publisher. He was 86.

The Cameroon-born saxophonist, who gained international fame with his 1972 song "Soul Makossa," died in a hospital in the Paris region, Thierry Durepaire said.

Dibango was hospitalized with an illness "linked to COVID-19," his official Facebook page said last week.

"Soul Makossa" was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world music scene, including a catchy hook copied by some of the world's biggest pop stars.

In 2009, Dibango filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna, claiming they had stolen his music in "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "Don't Stop the Music," respectively. Jackson settled out of court.

Funeral services were to be "held in strict privacy" followed by a tribute "when possible," Tuesday's announcement said. Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people n the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dibango is survived by four children.

`American Utopia' to come out in book form

David Byrne is adapting his stage play "American Utopia" for the printed page.

The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called "American Utopia," will be published Sept. 8 by Bloomsbury.

"Here is the hope and joy that I believe emanates from this show turned into something you can hold in your hand," Byrne said in a statement Monday. Kalman said in a statement that the book was "a reminder to sing, dance, and waste not a moment."

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Byrne's show also is scheduled to return to Broadway in September. Spike Lee is working on a documentary.

Pl cido Domingo has coronavirus

Pl cido Domingo announced Sunday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 79-year-old opera singer's illness comes after his own glittering career had recently been stained by sexual misconduct revelations.

The Spaniard said in a post on his personal Facebook account that "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive."

The tenor says he and his family are in self-isolation and that he is feeling well despite having fever and a cough.

"I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!" he said.

Last year, multiple women accused Domingo of harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera in stories published by The Associated Press.

After first denying any wrongdoing, Domingo issued an apology last month when the American Guild of Musical Artists and LA Opera found the sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible.

He has since had a number of performances canceled. He also resigned as the director of the LA Opera.

Spain is the third hardest-hit country after China and Italy with 28,572 infections and 1,720 deaths in the virus outbreak.

Today's birthdays: Film critic Gene Shalit is 94. Singer Anita Bryant is 80. Actor Paul Michael Glaser (TV's "Starsky and Hutch") is 77. Musician Elton John is 73. Actress Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives") is 58. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton ("The Practice") is 56. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 55. Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz is 53. Actor Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies") is 41. Comedian Alex Moffat ("Saturday Night Live") is 38. Rapper Big Sean is 32. Actor Kiowa Gordon ("Twilight") is 30.

— The Associated Press


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