Papa Wemba, one of Africa’s most flamboyant and popular musicians, has died.
According to a statement from the Urban Music Festival, Abidjan, the artist was performing Saturday night at the festival when he collapsed on stage and later died.
Papa Wemba, 66, was considered a Congolese icon and world music star after merging his Central African heritage with Western pop, rock and rap. His style earned him the nickname “King of Rhumba Rock.”
Papa Wemba was also famous for his style. He popularized Sapeur fashion, an eccentric look with three-piece suits, shiny black leather shoes and flashy accessories.
You can watch the moment the legendary singer collapsed here.