Africa is mourning the sudden death of one of its most popular star,one Papa Wemba after he collapsed and died whilst stage performing in Abidjan yesterday (Sunday,24th April 2016).
The 66-years old Congolese Rumba star is said to have stumbled on stage whilst his dancers were busy entertaining a crowd in Abdjan,Ivory coast.
Below are amazing facts you little know of the late Papa Wemba as described by Wikipedia;
1. His real names are Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba.
2. Papa Wemba’s road to fame and prominence began when he joined the music group Zaiko Langa Langa. This was followed by his success as a founding member both of Isifi Lokole, and then Yoka Lokole. But Wemba gained international success and status with his band Viva La Musica.
3. On 18 February 2003, suspected of being involved in a network that has allegedly smuggled hundreds of illegal immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo(former Zaire) into Europe, Papa Wemba was arrested at his home in Paris.
He was eventually found guilty at some level in June 2003 and spent three and a half months in prison, an experience that, on his release after a €30,000 bail was posted, he declared had had a profound psychological effect on him. The singer claimed to have undergone a spiritual conversion in jail and even recounted this episode on his albumSomo Trop (released in October 2003). On the song “Numéro d’écrou”, he recalled the day “God” paid a visit to his cell.
4.Papa Wemba started his singing Career in 1969.
5.He did countless tracks but his most popular numbers were “Matembele Bangui” and “Lisuma Ya Zazu”.
Rumors doing rounds has it that Papa Wemba’s drink had poison before he took on to the stage,whilst others claim he got a heart attack.
Rest in Peace King of Rhumba rock.
The video of his collapsing has since gone viral on social media,check out;