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Papa Wemba (1949–2016)

Papa Wemba was born on June 14, 1949 in Kasai, Belgian Congo as Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba. He was married to Marie-Rose Luzolo. He died on April 24, 2016 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. See full bio »
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Known For

Children of Men Soundtrack
Life Is Rosy Kourou
L'assedio Soundtrack
Bullfighter Soundtrack


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 2006 Children of Men (performer: "Sakana") / (writer: "Sakana" - as Wembadio)
 2000 Bullfighter (performer: "Les Anges dans nos Campagagnes")
 1998 L'assedio (performer: "Maria Valencia", "Le voyageur") / (writer: "Maria Valencia", "Le voyageur" - as P. Wemba)
 1986 Black Mic Mac (writer: "Proclamation")
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 1997 Wild Games
 1995 Taratata (TV Series)
- Episode #3.33 (1995)
 1987 Life Is Rosy
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 2015-2016 L'invité (TV Series)
- Episode dated 24 April 2016 (2016) ... Himself
- Episode dated 13 September 2015 (2015) ... Himself
 2009 The Real World of Peter Gabriel (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 Congo, rythmes et rumba (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 The Importance of Being Elegant (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 Later... With Jools Holland (TV Series)
- Episode #6.5 (1995) ... Himself
 1994 Peter Gabriel's Secret World (TV Special documentary)
Himself - Vocals
 1993 Taratata (TV Series)
- Episode #1.22 (1993) ... Himself
 1989 Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches (TV Series)
- Episode dated 3 March 1989 (1989) ... Himself
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 2006 The African Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series documentary)

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He was a Congolese musician whose blend of African, Cuban and Western influences became one of Africa's most popular music styles. He helped modernize Congolese rumba music, contributing to a new genre, soukous, which has influenced music across Africa. With his bands Zaiko Langa Langa, Isifi and Viva La Musica, he had several hits, including "L'Esclave" and "Le Voyageur". See more »

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