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Congolese music star Papa Wemba dies after stage collapse

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Apr 25th, 2016
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FILE: This file photo taken on February 15, 2006 shows Congolese singer Papa Wemba performing during a concert at the New Morning in Paris.

FILE: This file photo taken on February 15, 2006 shows Congolese singer Papa Wemba performing during a concert at the New Morning in Paris.

Abidjan (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The famous Congolese music star Papa Wemba died Sunday after collapsing on stage during a concert in Cote d’Ivoire, an official said.

Congo’s cultural minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed Wemba’s death, calling it “a great loss for Congo and for all of Africa”.

The 66-year-old world music legend, renowned as the “king of Congolese rumba” for the fusion of Cuban and electronic rock that he pioneered in the 1970s, has inspired a generation of African musicians.

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