Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba (June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016), more commonly known by his stage name Papa Wemba, was a Congolese musician, known for working in the Congolese rumba (later known as soukous) genre. He was one of Africa's most popular musicians of the period and prominent in world music. In 1969, he was one of co-founders of the group Zaiko Langa Langa with M'Vula N'Yoka Longo and he began his career with this group before leaving them in 1974. He has been dubbed the "King of Rumba". He suffered a seizure while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and died on 24 April 2016.

Links To Peel

Papa Wemba did two sessions for Peel's show in the 90's, the first was broadcast both on his and Andy Kershaw show. Papa Wemba's first group Zaiko Langa Langa was played regularly by Peel and Andy Kershaw from the late 80's and beyond. Papa Wemba also worked with various soukous musicians that were favoured by Peel.


1. Recorded: 1992-08-19. Broadcast: 05 September 1992

  • Madilamba / Zero / Maria Valencia / Ombela

2. Recorded: 1995-03-14. Broadcast: 12 May 1995

  • Philosophie / Matinda / Lingo Lingo / N'Fondoya

Other Shows Played

Papa Wemba et Viva la Musica - Mokili Ngele

Papa Wemba et Viva la Musica - Mokili Ngele

  • 30 November 1989: unknown (album - Les Surdoués Du Clan Langa-Langa) J.P. Tshamala Moonwalker
  • 12 December 1989: Melimpa Meliso (album - Les Serdoués Du Clan Langa Langa) Sonodisc


  • March 2004 (FSK): Adidas Kiesse (2xCD - Mwana Molokai - The First Twenty Years) Stern's Africa
  • 11 March 2004: Adidas Kiesse (2 x CD - The First Twenty Years 1977 - 1997) Stern's

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