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Papa Wemba Thousands pay tribute to late Congo music star

His body is lying in the parliamentary building in the capital, Kinshasa, and will be taken later to his family home for the public to view.

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His body is lying in the parliamentary building in the capital, Kinshasa, and will be taken later to his family home for the public to view. play

His body is lying in the parliamentary building in the capital, Kinshasa, and will be taken later to his family home for the public to view.

Thousands of people are attending the first day of official commemorations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark the sudden death of music star Papa Wemba.

His body is lying in the parliamentary building in the capital, Kinshasa, and will be taken later to his family home for the public to view.

Papa Wemba will be buried on Wednesday.

Known as the king of Congolese rumba, the 66-year-old collapsed and died on stage in Ivory Coast on 24 April.

President Joseph Kabila delivered a tribute to the singer at the parliamentary building, and awarded him one the DR Congo's highest honours for the "loyal and eminent services given to the nation"

Fans from all over DR Congo are attending the official commemoration, she adds.

A stage has been set up outside the building for people unable to get in, our correspondent adds.

play A stage has been set up outside the building for people unable to get in

 

Papa Wemba will be buried on Wednesday.

Known as the king of Congolese rumba, the 66-year-old collapsed and died on stage in Ivory Coast on 24 April.

President Joseph Kabila delivered a tribute to the singer at the parliamentary building, and awarded him one the DR Congo's highest honours for the "loyal and eminent services given to the nation"

Papa Wemba was considered one of Africa's most influential musicians.

He pioneered modern Congolese soukous music, which spread through the continent.

In his 40 year career he collaborated with stars like Peter Gabriel or Stevie Wonder.

Source: BBC

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