Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, has expressed shock and sadness at the sudden and untimely passing of the legendary musician, Papa Wemba.
“Papa’s Wemba’s music has been an inspiration to generations of Africans and music lovers all over the world. We shall miss his energy and his inimitable presence,” observed Minister Mthethwa.
“Papa Wemba has been an African legend whose music will ensure. He acted, sang, wrote songs, performed on world stages; but also devoted his attention to uplifting the youth of his country. He extolled the virtues of cleanliness and neatness. His music has stood the test of time from the 1960s when he first started out until the present. His rise to fame also marked the advent of a new Africa eager to share its cultural expressions with a wider world.”
“He was truly an emblem for Africa’s renewal and renaissance as he combined the sounds of his native land with the Rumba of Cuba, merging traditional music with the rhythms of the African Diaspora, resulting in the vibrant soukous beat. He conveyed through music and lyrics a global African identity and shared what it means to be African in the world. Let us salute this true son of the African soil. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at this sad passing.”
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