Legendary Congolese music pioneer Papa Wemba was born on this day in 1949. Known as the “King of Rumba Rock”, Papa Wemba is fondly remembered for his rich blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds that became one of Africa’s most popular music styles and kept him relevant in the African music scene for over four decades.
He sadly passed away on April 24, 2016, aged 66 after collapsing while performing at the Urban Music Festival of Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Ivory Coast.
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In honour of his memory, Face2Face Africa shares with you some of his greatest hits.