Papa Wemba

Congo Dem. Rep.

The trajectory of Papa Wemba's musical career is long, varied and adventurous. Years of youthful apprenticeship during the '60s and '70s in the clubs of Kinshasa, Zaire, led to Wemba pioneering a new, aggressive afro-pop known as 'rhumba-rock'. He has become one of the most enduring artists who have recorded for Real World Records.

Papa Wemba has released 3 albums for the label - 'Le Voyageur' from 1992, 'Emotion' from 1995 and 1998's 'Molokai' a live studio recording of classic hits and new songs. Also he has featured on the compilations 'Voices of the Real World' and 'Spirit of Africa'. More recently he appeared on the 'Big Blue Ball' album project.