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Papa Wemba Body of Congolese music star arrives Congo for burial

Late Papa Wemba will be buried on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 after lying in state in a stadium in Kinshasa on Monday, May 2.

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Papa Wemba

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Influential Congolese music star, Papa Wemba's remains have been flown into the  Democratic Republic of Congo from Ivory Coast where he died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan.

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Papa Wemba performing on stage before his collapse

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Late Wemba will be buried on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 after lying in state in a stadium in Kinshasa on Monday, May 2.

Papa Wemba, who died aged 66, was considered one of Africa’s most influential musicians of his generation.

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A shot taken from Ivory Coast national television RTI 1 on April 24, 2016 shows Congolese music star Papa Wemba collapsing on stage during the FEMUA music festival in Abidjan

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He was also known as the driving spirit behind a cult movement known as "Sapeurs" whose members spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.

He pioneered modern Congolese Soukous music, which spread through the continent and won a world following with his Soukous rock music and remained one of Africa's most popular musicians until his death.

Watch his music video 'Poule De La Mort' below:

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