Sunday, April 24, 2016

Papa Wemba, intense voice of Congolese rumba – The World

Papa Wemba, during his last concert in Abidjan on 24 April 2016.

It shone like a beacon to all Congolese, who made him a king. Figurehead of the suave and danceable Congolese rumba, the soundtrack of African independence in the early 1960s, Papa Wemba was one of the stars of African music.

The singer died in Abidjan, capital economic Côte d’Ivoire, on 24 April. He was 66 years old. Femua guest of the festival of urban music Anoumabo, created by Salif Traoré – singer and leader of the Ivorian group Magic System – he died during his transfer to the hospital after a stage malaise occurred shortly after 5 the morning.

in Kinshasa, on Sunday morning, it was first believed a rumor. Rumors are the price of fame. Already in 1982, some had they not left the singer to death, murdered, then he was just gone to France a few months, without giving new. On his return, a huge crowd was waiting to escort him to his headquarters, village Molokai in Matonge, the district of bars and parties in Kinshasa.

A the late 1950s, missionaries were projecting outdoor movies in Matonge. One day, they spent a named The Island of Molokai . This name we liked, we kept to rebrand our neighborhood: village Molokai “, Papa Wemba told us in 2001 when we had met in his fiefdom, where he was preparing the show it had to give …


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