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Papa Wemba


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    • us: Wemba, Papa
    • us: Wembadia, Shungu
    • us: Wembiado, Shungu
    • us: Wembeio, Shungu
    • us: Kikumba, Jules Shungu Wembadaio Pene Thabani
    • us: Kikumba, Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene
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    • found: His papa Wemba [SR] c1989, p1988:label (Papa Wemba)
    • found: Graham, R. Stern's guide to contemporary African music:p. 206 (Wemba, Papa, b. Shungu Wembadia, Kasai, Zaire)
    • found: La vie est belle [VR] c1987:opening credits, cast (Papa Wemba)
    • found: All music guide WWW site, Apr. 16, 2001(Papa Wemba; Shungu Wembadia; b. 1953, Kasai, Zaire)
    • found: Ency. of pop. mus., 3rd ed.(Wemba, Papa; Shungu Wembiado; b. 1952, Kasai, Zaire)
    • found: Lexis-Nexis database, Apr. 16, 2001:New York daily news, June 16, 1995, p. 55 (Papa Wemba; Shungu Wembeio)
    • found: IMDb, June 23, 2010(Papa Wemba; b. June 14, 1949, Belgian Congo; actor, composer)
    • found: Dictionary of African Biography, accessed April 14, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Wemba, Papa; Jules Shungu Wembadaio Pene Thabani Kikumba; popular singer, humanitarian; born 14 June, 1949 in Lubefu, Democratic Republic of the Congo; sang in choir at St. Joseph's, Catholic church, Kinshasa; sang rumbas, American rock and soul music, then music with traditional Zairian elements (1974); organized band Viva La Musica (1977); was dressed in Western fashion, chief trendsetter, Society of Ambiance-Setters and Persons of Elegance (SAPE); starred with Viva La Musica, film La vie est belle (Life Is Beautiful) (1986); toured with Senegal's YoussouN'Dour (1990s); sang in World of Music, Arts, and Dance (WOMAD) Festival; participated in projects of International Committee of the Red Cross, for ethnic tolerance and against land mines; was convicted of involvement in a scheme to smuggle hundreds of people into France, spent four months in jail (2004); Mine Risk Education campaign of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) named him as its official "Ambassador Against Mines" (2007))
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Apr. 26, 2016(in obituary published Apr. 25: Papa Wemba; Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba; b. June 14, 1949, in the Kasai region of what was then the Belgian Congo, later Zaire and now the Democratic Republic of Congo; his family moved to the capital, then known as Léopoldville, when he was a child; d. Sunday [Apr. 24, 2016], aged 66, after collapsing onstage early that morning while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; spent part of his career in France; had homes in Paris and Kinshasa; internationally renowned Congolese singer known as "the king of rumba rock" for his upbeat, vibrantly danceable numbers that fused African pop with a welter of world musics; sang in his native Lingala and in French; his music--a style originally called Congolese rumba, and in later years soukous, a word derived from the French secouer, "to shake"--melded traditional African and Caribbean rhythms with rock and soul)
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    • ML420.P237
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    • 1992-09-02: new
    • 2017-04-18: revised
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