I have fond memories of interviewing Papa Wemba at the Real World studios in Box while Peter Williams did the shots. Papa was wearing a wikkid trad-African print suit when we arrived but refused to be photographed in it. In line with his role as SAPEUR Numero Uno he switched into Designer mode. I also have powerful memories of a stunning afternoon gig in small but classic Parisian theatre – hardly anyone there but a spectacular session. So, this is how I like remember Papa Wemba – sharing the vocal honours with Reddy Amisi and Stino Mubi…. nice clip… Viva la Musica!

Papa Wemba (14 June 1949 – 24 April 2016)

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher / Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine / Editor - L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic - Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM) / Publisher: From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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