Papa Wemba

World Music Singer

Birthday June 14, 1949

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Congo Republic

DEATH DATE Apr 24, 2016 (66)

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Also known as the King of Rumba Rock, he was a Congolese musician who performed with a group called Viva la Musica across the globe. He made the La Sape look famous while performing with the group.

Before Fame

He was part of a group called Zaiko Langa Langa in the late 1960s. He was a founding member of other groups called Isifi Lokole and Yoka Lokole.


He showed his acting chops in the lead role of a Zairean film called La Vie est Belle (Life is Rosy). He scored the films Identity Pieces, Macadam tribu as well as Life is Rosy.

Family Life

He was born in Lubefu, Belgian Congo and passed away in Abidjan, Ivory Coast after collapsing on stage during the FEMUA urban music festival. His real name was Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba.

Associated With

He was a part of Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live tour in 1993.