Thousands pay homage to Papa Wemba

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Papa Wemba's CasketThousands of people mourn the sudden death of Congolese musician Papa Wemba at a memorial in Kinshasa.


Papa  Wemba

Papa Wemba

The funeral for Congolese rumba music legend Papa Wemba who died on 24th April in Abidjan at the age of 66, has on Monday began at the People’s Palace in Kinshasa. Papa Wemba was admitted to the National Order of National Hero Kabila Lumumba,  as Grand Officer for his merits, hos dedication and distinguished service to the Congolese nation,  to Africa and the world in the cultural field, according to the decree signed to this effect by the DRC President, Joseph Kabila who posthumously honoured him during the grand ceremony.


Many Congolese and foreign delegations who attended the ceremony lay flowers and engaged in private prayer before the remains of the illustrious departed whose funeral will continue until his burial scheduled for Wednesday at the Necropolis cemetery in Nsele city.


Delegations from Cote d’Ivoire led by the Minister of Culture and the Francophonie, Maurice Kouakou  Bandama, from Congo-Brazzaville led by Minister Alain Akouala, from South Africa led by Deputy Minister of Energy and from Gabon, engaged in private prayer before the remains of Papa Wemba,  besides several artists and dressers from various backgrounds.


By early afternoon, the body was moved from the People’s Palace to Molokai village, in Matongo, the Congolese capital’s red light district where the king of Congolese rhumba was born.



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