Democratic Republic of Congo – Death of Papa Wemba (April 24, 2016)


France pays its respects to the great Congolese artist Papa Wemba, who died onstage on April 24 during a concert in Côte d’Ivoire.

Papa Wemba had a great impact on Congolese culture by reinventing the rumba, which – thanks to him – became a universal artistic and musical phenomenon.

With the establishment of the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elégantes (Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), he also created a major social phenomenon.

We offer our condolences to his loved ones and share the grief of the Congolese people.