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Papa Wemba (1949-2016)

Papa Wemba (2009). Picture by Radio Okapi. Creative Commons License

Alternative last name spellings: –
Alternative first name spellings: Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba
Alias: King of Rumba Rock



Description: Papa Wemba was a Congolese musician and singer. He is one of the most prominent musicians of the African continent and in World music style. He had a great impact on later African musicians and artists. He was the leader of the band “Viva la Vida”, with which he recorded more than 35 albums. His music was characterized by free rhythm and African ethnic influences. Papa composed the original soundtracks of three films: “Identity Pieces”, “Macadam tribe”, and “Life is Beautiful”.
Sex: Male Occupation: Singer and composer
Place of Birth / Death: Lubefu, Democratic Republic of Congo. / Abidjan, Ivory Coast Country Tags: Democratic Republic of Congo.
Periods: XX-XXI Century Genres: Instrumental music, vocal music, dance music, nationalism music.
Styles: Soukous, Ethnic, Folk, Traditional, World Music. Group: –
Instruments: Voice Relatives: –



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External links



  • Beltrando-Patier, Marie-Claire y otros (1996). Historia de la música. Espasa Calpe
  • Bohlman, Philip V (2002). World Music. OUP Oxford.
  • Onnen, Frank. (1967). Enciclopedia de la música. Madrid: Afrodisio Aguado.
  • Rodman, Sarah (2007). A true cultural ambassador. The Boston Globe.
  • Shepherd, J., ed. (2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. New York: Continuum.
  • Stone, Ruth M., ed (2008). The Garland Handbook of African Music. New York: Routledge.
  • Stone, Ruth M., ed (2013). The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. New York: Routledge.