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Subject: Papa Wemba: Congo music star dies after collapsing on stage

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/16 at 6:19 am

The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world music following with his "rumba rock". He inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes. In 2004, he was convicted in France of a role in an illegal immigration racket and spent three months in prison. He remained one of Africa's most popular musicians.

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