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Papa Wemba Read Don Jazzy's dad's advice on health care for entertainers

In reaction to the tragic event, Collins Enebeli, father of music producer, Don Jazzy, took to Facebook to share his thoughts and advise.

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Two days ago, Saturday, April 23, 2016, popular Congolese musician Papa Wemba died shortly after collapsing on stage during a performance in Ivory Coast.

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Papa Wemba performing on stage before his collapse

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It was reported that the king of Rumba suffered an attack while performing at Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumabo (FEMUA) and due to lack of emergency health service at the venue of the concert, he died before he was rushed to the hospital.

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In reaction to the tragic event, Collins Enebeli, father of music producer, Don Jazzy, took to Facebook to share his thoughts and advise on the need to provide healthcare service at concert venues.

"The sad news of the death of Papa Wemba is a wake up call for artists and their managers to see reason why promoters and event organisers need the services of healthcare service providers for artists while on engagement for their events to avoid preventable fatalities as this.

Most artists due to their busy schedules are known not to be paying enough attention to their health and listening to their bodies which may have been under pressure and stretched to breaking point without them knowing it. Artiste managers need to insist that the services of a trained health personnel who specializes in handling celebrities is factored into their performance contract to ensure that artists are well monitored and looked after when on professional engagement anywhere in the world.

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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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That way, risks such as this will be detected early enough and efforts made to seek help before it is too late. In the past, The King of soul music James Brown died while on a series of shows lined up for him. The same thing happened to the King of pop Michael Jackson who died while also under pressure from preparations for his mother of all shows ‘This is it’.

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We are yet to recover from the shocking news of the demise of the purple rain crooner Prince earlier this week and now it is our own dear Papa Wemba. This is the reason we must all see the need to engage the services of professionals. May the soul of Papa Wemba rest in perfect peace.

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