His death was announced via his official Facebook page. The 86-year-old saxophone guru was considered one of the foremost pioneers of Afro-jazz, very renown for the beautiful mixing of funk with traditional Cameroonian sound.
His 1972 hit, Soul Makossa, which peaked at no. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 was famously sampled by Michael Jackson on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin.'”
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