The African Music Icon, Papa Wemba, popularly known around the world as the “king of Congolese rumba”, has died after collapsing during a concert.
According to a report by Al Jazeera, the musician fell ill on Saturday and collapsed while performing at a music festival in Abidjan in Ivory Coast on Sunday. He was 66. The cause of his death is not known yet.
Baudouin Banza Mukalay, culture minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), confirmed the musician’s death, calling it a “great loss for the country and all of Africa”.
Papa Wemba – BIOGRAPHY
Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, commonly known as Papa Wemba (14 June 1949 – 24 April 2016) was a Congolese rumba (later known as soukous) singer and musician. He was one of Africa’s most popular musicians, prominent in world music, and a fashion icon who popularized the Sapeur look and style through his musical group Viva la Musica.
Papa Wemba’s road to fame and prominence began when he joined the music group Zaiko Langa Langa. This was followed by his success as a founding member both of Isifi Lokole and then Yoka Lokole. But Wemba gained international success and status with his band Viva La Musica, especially after he took them to Paris, France in the early 1980s, while mixing into the music a more “eclectic sound,”  influenced by western popular music and a more European flavor of sounds and style.
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