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Congolese King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba, Dies at 66

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Congolese singer Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast.

He was one of Africa’s most popular musicians and a leading figure in the World Music scene.

A video from the concert shows the musician slumped on the floor while the dancers carry on performing, unaware of what is going on.

Wemba, whose real name is Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was pronounced dead on stage after singing his third song, according to reports in Congolese publication Radio Okapi. The cause of death is currently unknown.

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