24 April 2016

Congolese star Papa Wemba dies on stage

Legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast on Sunday.
It is reported that the 66-year-old, real name Jules Shungu Webadio, died in the early hours of Sunday morning. France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager.
Popularly known as “King of Rhumba Rock,” Papa Wemba slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what was happening.
He was performing at the FEMUA 2016 festival when he collapsed on stage. Videos posted online showed the artist falling on his back mid-song before band members rushed to his side.
The Congolese star broke onto the African music scene in 1969. He introduced a style of music called soukous rock which is a mixture of traditional African music with western rock.
He also inspired a 'cult' movement, known as the Sapeurs, whose members spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
Papa Wemba worked with international stars including former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel.
Tributes have been pouring in, with celebrities, government official and fans on social media bidding farewell to him.
"Papa Wemba is a golden voice, an artist who has established himself through his work. The proof is that he died on stage," Minister of Culture and Arts of the DRC, Baudouin Banza Mukalay Nsungu was quoted saying.
SA Sports anchor, Robert Marawa wrote on Twitter:
Radio personality Bob Mabena said: “Another sad day in Africa. A Legend has left this world. Thank you for the music, Papa Wemba. #RIPPapaWemba.”