President Kabila to lead thousands in mourning rhumba icon Papa Wemba

President Kabila to lead thousands in mourning rhumba icon Papa Wemba

first_imgThe body of the late rhumba music legend Papa Wemba will be shown to the public today at his family home, after leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliamentary building in the capital Kinshasa where it is currently lying.Papa Wemba will be laid to rest on Wednesday, with thousands of people expected to attend the event.The musician who has been dubbed the king of Congolese rhumba collapsed and died on stage in Cote d’Ivoire on April 24.Fans from all over DR Congo are expected to attend today’s official commemoration, which will be addressed by President Joseph Kabila.Papa Wemba, who died aged 66, was considered one of Africa’s most influential musicians of his generation.He pioneered modern Congolese soukous music, which spread through the continent.last_img

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