Month: April 2016

Beloved Congolese Musician Papa Wemba Passes Away After On-Stage Collapse



Pioneering musician Papa Wemba passed away at the age of 66 last night, after collapsing on stage during a performance at the Ivory Coast. Wemba was nicknamed the “King of Rumba,” and was one of the most popular musicians in Africa and the world music sound.

Born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene KikumbaWemba was a cultural icon for the Congolese, and was an active musician since joining the Soukous band in 1969. His prolific catalog spans five decades and includes dozens of albums, pioneering his unique sound. While performing last night, Wemba suffered a seizure, and passed away hours later.

Let’s celebrate Wemba’s life with some of his glorious, reaffirming music, below:





She is hard to miss with that impressive, unapologetic Diana Ross-esque mane but more than just a head of hair, Kaliné’s voice is certainly one worth getting to know. The Nigerian-born singer/songwriter and pianist whose clever threading of words and percussive style of piano playing is a direct product of her African roots. With a soulful elegance and funky flutter, she spreads her wings across a landscape of jazz, R‘n’B, and Afrobeat to create an authentic, alternative sound.

A graduate of Berklee College of music with a BMus in Film Scoring, she has a unique set of composition and production skills. In 2014, she released her first single and video ‘Ololufemi’ which garnered a lot of attention in Africa. Her most recent release (February, 2015) ‘The Fires Of Red: Season One’ is a body of work featuring 14 original songs and drawings (released over a period of 14 days) that serves as a visual songbook detailing a modern fictional drama. Several of her songs have been licensed for TV and film including ‘Falling For You’ licensed for the internationally acclaimed Nollywood movie ‘Flower Girl’ and TV series b430.

Among several performance opportunities, Kaliné has opened for Bob James & Fourplay, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Keziah Jones, Bez, Somi and Victor Olaiya.

A strong advocate for social change, she has written a number of songs that address various social issues. ‘Stand and Fight’ that addresses domestic violence, won her 1st place in Berklee’s ‘Songwriting for Social Change’ competition (2012). ‘Bring Them Home’ written in honor of the Chibok girls that were abducted in April, 2014 (including a music video) and ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ a theme song written for a UN- affiliated foundation of the same name (focusing on improving global women and children’s health) are all part of her efforts to use her talent to shine a light on sensitive issues that affect our global community.

Kaliné recently performed the Nigerian National Anthem at The nigerian Embassy, D.C upon the arrival of President Muhammad Buhari.

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