He rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the time, he performed with the band Zaiko Langa Langa in the city of Kinshasa.
Very sad how Papa Wemba collapsed and died on Stage while peforming at the #FEMUA9 in Abidjan, watch below:
The group produced a series of hits involving a guitar-based mix of Latin and African music.
Papa Wemba had fans across Africa and Europe. He worked with other music stars, including former Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel. Gabriel featured the king of Congolese rumba on his Secret World tour in the 1990s.