Papa Wemba: Makossa Legend Dies on Stage.

Papa Wemba, the iconic makossa singer, dancer and producer (also titled the King of Rhumba Rock) has left the world. The famous singer is said to have slumped on stage during a performance and died shortly afterwards.


He was one of the best musicians Africa ever had; a popular figure in the world music scene.

Papa Wemba, 66, collapsed on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast.

A video from the concert shows the musician slumped on the floor while the dancers continued with their performance apparently unaware of what was going on. He was performing his third song on stage before collapsing.

The famous Congolese musician was pronounced dead on stage.

His real names are Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba.