Artist Health, Music Business

African Music Icon Papa Wemba Dead at 66 After Collapse On Stage


It was indeed quite sad to watch one of Africa’s most influential music icons collapse on stage while performing in Ivory Coast. Shortly after his collapse, he was pronounced dead. He was only sixty-six years old and the cause of his death remains unclear. However, his death speaks to a need for healthcare coverage in general for African artists and for promoters who retain the services of performing artists to tune in to the health needs of those they retain. Papa Wemba’s body is now home in DR Congo and he will be buried next week. May his should rest in peace.


“Hundreds of mourners have welcomed the body of Papa Wemba, one Africa’s best known singers, back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.It was flown into the capital, Kinshasa, from Ivory Coast, where he died on Sunday after collapsing on stage in Abidjan.

Ivorian fans attended an all-night concert held in his honour in the city.He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in Kinshasa, on Monday. After Papa Wemba’s coffin left the airport it was taken to a morgue, reports the BBC’s Poly Muzalia from Kinshasa.

BBC News has the full story.

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