Former Band Members pay TRIBUTE to CONGO MUSIC LEGEND PAPA WEMBA
Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba,commonly known as Papa Wemba (14 June 1949 – 24 April 2016) was a Congolese singer and musician who played Congolese Ruba, soukous and ndombolo. Sometimes dubbed the King of Rumba Rock, he was one of the most popular musicians of his time in Africa. And he played an important role in world music. He was also a fashion icon who popularized the La Sape look and style through his musical group Viva La Musica.
Wemba died at the age of 66 after collapsing on stage in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, during the FEMUA urban music festival on Sunday, 24 April 2016. On Monday, April 25, It was reported that his widow, Mama-Marie Lozolo Amazone, flew to Abidjan “accompanied by family members and government officials.” In Wemba’s hometown of Kinshasa, plans were made for both fellow musicians and fans to gather together as a tribute to his legacy. Similar tributes were also being planned in Paris, London, Brussels, and Nairobi.
A group of Wemba’s former band members will come together to add New York to the list of cities to honor Wemba’s legacy. Stars from diverse musical backgrounds will join in to salute a great pioneer in music.