Sunday, 24 April 2016

PAPA WEMBA DIES



The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert.

Video from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rushed to his aid.

His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western influences became one of Africa's most popular music styles.

Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel.

"I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when it comes to influence on African music," said DJ Edu, BBC 1xtra's African Music Ambassador. bbc

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