Music Star Papa Wemba Dies During Show

Music Star Papa Wemba Dies During Show

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

Footage from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage. His dancers, unaware of what was happening, continued to perform before rushing to his aid.

In a career spanning almost half a century, Wemba became known as the “the king of Congolese rumba”.

He was also a style icon, popularising the cult movement known as the Sapeurs.

The young men who make up the Sapeurs take great pride in their appearance, spending huge amounts of money on designer clothes.

Wemba told CNN he in turn was inspired by his parents getting dressed up on Sundays. They were “always well put together, always looking very smart”, he said.


12 Responses to "Music Star Papa Wemba Dies During Show"

  1. Pwanya Nini   April 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

    It was Micheal Jackson first , then Prince and now Papa Wemba. Its so sad that drugs are eliminating a lotta pipo in this world.Can God if he really exits remove this addictions from the world so that people are no near them or since he omniscient make them high always like they have taken a drug .. Why won’t God heal amputees? Why do bad things happen to good people? So, on the one hand you have a religion that says, “God has planned the days of your life in advance.” On the other hand that same religion says, “Pray to God and he will answer your prayers.” One of those two statements must be false. In fact, both of them are wrong…

  2. PIPO   April 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Pwanya nini enjoy yourself before the wrath of God reaches you. Looks like you sleep with the devil.

  3. Ndanje khakis   April 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Billie Paul has also passed on.

  4. IF NOT   April 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    MHSRIP, at least he died doing what he loved most.

  5. Kamata   April 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Pwanya watever you are the man!

  6. New Educated Zambia©√   April 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    RIP papa wemba, your music brings nostalgia of a time when we thought that zambia was poor only to realise that the way things have change under pf, things were almost perfect during that time. go well you son of the african soil. We thank you and we promise to win this election in your memory like the many zambians that have died under pf’s wrath

  7. c.c   April 26, 2016 at 6:04 am

    pwanya n….i love you very much.i therefore admonish you,”do not take the name of the lord in vain”God knows our beginning to the end.he knows the choices that we make and the ones we will make in future,but he can not force us to choose him.

  8. ind. observ.   April 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Ha ha ha! Ba New Educated Zambia bena bakali!!!! Kudos!!! He is always mixing any story with pf like listening to a song and then mixing it with another song and it even comes out with people jiving!!! ha ha ha! Kudos with your creativity!!!!!

  9. Tomiboi   April 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Pwanya nyoko continue being a fool while you are alive and reject Christ. The day of judgment is coming and all knees will bow before HIM and we shall receive our sentences. Starting with those who will be thrown in the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

  10. COPALA   April 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm


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  12. zambia   April 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    ba pwanya what ever you call yourself.GOD is spairing you so that you repent.uwamano alomfwa.repent my dear before our GOD calls it eneough is eneugh.