DRC govt to turn Papa Wemba home into museum

13 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

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The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to buy legendary musician Papa Wemba's home and turn it into a museum, president Félix Tshisekedi has said.
In a virtual address to the council of ministers last Friday, Tshisekedi directed the ministry of culture "to examine as soon as possible the possibility of buying up the residence of the late Papa Wemba and make it a museum where a recording studio will be installed".
Officials say making the home a national heritage will be an honour to one of the most iconic singers the country produced.
Jules Shungu Wembadio Kikumba, widely known as Papa Wemba, was born in 1949. He died on 24 April 2016 after collapsing on stage in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
His Kinshasa residence, known as Viva La Musica, located in the commune of Ngaliela, could fetch about N$12.6 million.

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