The Heartbreaking Cost For Musicians As COVID-19 Stops The Music

May 10th, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to flourish, it is with a sad inevitability that some of our most beloved musicians will be taken from us. Today it was the turn of the 86 year old Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango to join the “gig in the sky” after contracting COVID-19. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, whose best-known hit was “Soul Makossa,” was based in Paris, France, where funerals have now been limited to 20 people to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


Musicians and performers who have touched our hearts are rightly mourned all over the world when they pass. But those still alive and working in the music industry are now facing unprecedented financial disaster due to coronavirus, as lockdowns are being deployed and tours and concerts canceled. Music data company Viberate revealed today that over 300 festivals have already announced cancellations or postponements, via their tracking website SickFestivals.