Legendary Soukous maestro Aurlus Mabele is dead. The singer passed on at a Paris hospital on Thursday night.
The cause of his death is yet to be revealed but unconfirmed reports say he succumbed to Coronavirus.
The Afro-Pop star was aged 67 and has been battling throat cancer for close to 15 years.
News of his death was first broken broken by his nephew, journalist Robert Brazza.
“Hey, Uncle Aurlus! The young wolf I used to be will not forget your wise advice: “stay yourself little… and enjoy! My sadness is great tonight but my gratitude is more. You were the pace, you were joy, you were the kindness. Forever. Go in peace Aurlus Mabelle. I know auntie Nzambi has already welcomed you in her great mercy.” he said
Mabele was one of the founders of the legendary supergroup Loketo (hips) band, formed in the mid-1980s alongside Mav Cacharel and Diblo Dibala, which broke up a few years later.
He was one of the first Paris-based soukous stars and set the standard with several LPs in the 1980s. He is survived by his daughter Liza Monet.
He is known for hits such as Embargo, Liste Rouge and many others.