Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, commonly know as Papa Wemba, a Congolese musician, known for working in the Congolese rumba genre has passed away. He has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast. He was pronounced dead on stage after singing his third song, according to reports in Congolese publication Radio Okapi. The cause of death is currently unknown. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening.
Below is the clip taken from the event showing him collapse:
Known as the King of Rhumba Rock Wemba rose to fame in his twenties and went on to gain global and Francophone attention.
He was one of Africa’s most popular musicians of the period and prominent in world music
On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world music following with his “rumba rock”.
He inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
Fans and world leaders took to social media platforms to express their heart felt condolences and pay tribute to the fallen icon.
Papa Wemba will be remembered for his hits like SHOW ME THE WAY and YOLELE among others.
Watch one of his great song TRIPLE OPTION featuring Barbara Kanam below.
From Radio Huru we say R.I.P PAPA WEMBA, Africa’s greatest son.