2, June 2016
Band leader Papa Wemba will be remembered for a music style that conquered Africa, and a sense of fashion that inspired a generation of dandies. He died aged 66 after collapsing on a busy stage behind his dancers at a late-night concert in Ivory Coast.
So ended the life of a man who helped take African pop to a global audience over more than four decades that saw spells of prison too. “He was the icon of our culture, of our lifestyle,” tweeted Kinshasa rapper Youssoupha. “This is a huge loss.”