Papa Wemba Bio, Net Worth, Height, Facts

Papa Wemba
  • Name: Papa Wemba
  • Age at Death: 66 years old
  • Height: Unknown
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Net Worth: Pending
  • Status: Deceased

Papa Wemba was a Congolese musician best known for his work in the Soukous genre. Dubbed the “King of Rumba”, he was considered a Congolese icon and world music star. He was born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba on June 14, 1949 in Kasai, Belgian Congo.

Wemba began his musical career singing in various religious choirs. He joined the ‘Zaiko Langa Langa’ band in 1969 and worked alongside musicians Nyoka Longo Jossart, Bimi Ombale and several others. The band rose to prominence in 1973 with popular numbers like “Chouchouna”, “Eluzam”, and “Mbeya Mbeya”. Wemba was also a member of the bands Isifi Lokole and Yoka Lokole. He created the popular ‘Viva La Musica’ band in 1977. The band has since grown to a world music act, achieving success in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Wemba moved to Paris in the 1980s and collaborated with artist like Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. He was also featured in films like Life Is Beautiful (1987) and Wild Games (1997).

Wemba was arrested at his home in Paris in February 2003. He was suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants in his band from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Europe. He was found guilty and sentenced to three and a half months in prison plus a fine. He was convicted of a similar crime in 2012 in a Belgian court.

Papa Wemba died on April 23, 2016 at the age of 66. He suffered a seizure and collapsed on stage while performing at the Urban Music Festival in Ivory Coast. He died shortly after. Wemba was married to ‘Marie Rose’. He had six children.

Papa Wemba Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Papa Wemba Age, Birthday, Married

  • Birth Name: Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba
  • Birthday: June 14, 1949
  • Place of Birth: Kasai, Belgian Congo
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
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  • Occupation: Musician
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  • Marriage(s): Marie Rose
  • Death-O-Meter: Dead
  • Died: April 23, 2016
  • Cause of Death: Seizure
  • Place of Death: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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