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Tributes pour in for Africa's Rumba 'rock star' Papa Wemba

Congolese music legend Papa Wemba died after collapsing on stage in the Ivory Coast during a concert on Sunday.

Tributes have poured in on Twitter, as the world mourns the loss of one of Africa's greatest icons.

The musician and singer was 66 years old and had no record of serious bad health.

EWN Africa correspondent JJ Cornish says his cause of death remains unknown and that only an autopsy report will shed light.

Cornish describes Wemba as a remarkable character, worthy of his rock star status.

Wemba has been praised for his work pioneering Congolese soukous music and the Afro rumba sound, as well as his influence on the continent's cult fashion scene.

He was the guy who developed rumba, a flamboyant mixture of Cuban and electric rock. It later became known as Soukous - a genre he developed. He also started the sapeur fashion movement.

JJ Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

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