Rhumba star Papa Wemba dies

Papa Wemba

Reports on international media say that Papa Wemba, one of Africa’s most popular Rhumba artist in Congo has died after collapsing on stage.

The artist, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was performing Saturday night at the Urban Music Festival in the capital of Abidjan. He collapsed on stage and later died, said the statement.

Papa Wemba
Papa Wemba dead.

Papa Wemba, 66, was considered a Congolese icon and world music star after merging his Central African heritage with Western pop, rock and rap.

His style earned him the nickname “King of Rhumba Rock.”

Besides his musical influence, he popularized Sapeur fashion, an eccentric look with three-piece suits, shiny black leather shoes and flashy accessories.

Papa Wemba said he was inspired by his parents, who took great pride in dressing up on Sundays in the ’60s, “always well-put-together, always looking very smart.”

But in the era of Joseph Mobutu, Papa Wemba wanted to challenge the status quo, so he devised the acronym SAPE, roughly translated from the French for “the society of atmosphere-setters and elegant people.” He dressed his band, Viva La Musica, in the style, and fans across Africa soon followed suit, the CNN reports.




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    King of Rhumba Rock
    You did what you knew best to the dead end of your life.

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