Papa Wemba


Age: 66

Congolese singer and musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba who rose to fame in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa during the 1970's with the band Zaiko Langa Langa whose guitar-based fusion of Latin and African dance styles inspired a generation of African musicians, but who moved to Paris in the 1980's with a new band called Viva La Musica and helped to popularize Congoloese music beyond Africa, who also was a pioneer of the "sapeur" youth culture marked by its dedication to extravagant fashions, where the young men are known for wearing stylish suits and fedora hats.

Cause of Death: After a seizure

Born: June 14, 1949

Died: April 24, 2016

Abidjan, Ivory Coast