Papa Wemba, Congo music star, dies after stage collapse

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Papa Wemba Collapse on stage

 

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 sounds became one of Africa’s most popular music styles.

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

The musician fell ill in the early hours of Sunday morning. The cause of his death has not been established.

a spokesman for the Ivosep morgue in Abidjan told Reuters news agency said he died before he could be brought to hospital,

Born in 1949, Wemba, whose real name was Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, began his singing career in religious choirs.

He helped modernise Congolese rumba music, with the genre that emerged – soukous – influencing music across Africa.

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