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News |  25 Apr 2016 19:19 |  By RnMTeam

Congolese music star Papa Wemba dies while performing

MUMBAI: Democratic Republic of Congo music star Papa Wemba died after collapsing while performing at an international cultural festival in Abidjan, organisers said.

The organising committee of Anouambo Urban Music Festival said Wemba was performing before thousands of fans on Sunday when he fell ill and collapsed Xinhua news agency reports.

Medics rushed him to a medical center but he could not be resuscitated. The remaining part of the festival was suspended after the announcement of Wemba's death.

Papa Wemba, born in 1949 and named Jules Shungu Wembadio, had a 40-year music career. He was one of the most popular African musicians.

(Source: IANS)