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Papa Wemba’s body arrives home in DR Congo

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Hundreds of mourners have welcomed the body of Papa Wemba, one Africa’s best-known singers, back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It was flown into the capital, Kinshasa, from Cote d’Ivoire, where he died on Sunday after collapsing on stage in Abidjan.

Ivorian fans attended an all-night concert held in his honour in the city.
He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in Kinshasa, on Monday.

After Papa Wemba’s coffin left the airport, it was taken to a morgue, the BBC reported from Kinshasa.

Papa Wemba, who died aged 66, was considered one of Africa’s most influential musicians of his generation.

He pioneered modern Congolese soukous music, which spread through the continent.



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