Papa Wemba: Congolese Musician Dies at Age 66 After Collapsing Onstage Wemba collapsed on stage during his performance at the FEMUA 2016 festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, outlets reported. He was known as the pioneer of the rhumba rock sound.
His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel. "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when it comes to influence on African music," said DJ Edu, BBC 1xtra's African Music Ambassador.
Afro Fiesta are from Democratic Republic of Congo but are based in South Africa. Their music is heavily political – especially in relation to their home country. “As a musician you have to inspire people into a better Congo,” says Afro Fiesta’s singer Mermans... - #Afro, #Change, #Congo, #Dr, #Fiesta, #Political, #Sing, #World_News