Biography: Papa Wemba was born in Kasaï, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) in 1949.
His mother was a professional mourner in the funeral evenings or funeral evenings. By regularly training her son with her, she introduced him to music and singing.
He had his first success in 1970 in Kinshasa, where he was singer, composer and co-founder of the Zaïko Langa Langa group. The group quickly became the figurehead of a generation of young Zairians who found the traditional rumba on which Africa has been dancing since the 1950s a little too slow and outmoded. But with the arrival of rock, the rhythms have accelerated. Zaïko Langa Langa then seeks to revitalize and renew the nonchalant rumba in vogue. Success is immediate. Soon, Papa Wemba becomes a star and dominates his group.
In 1974 he created his own group Isife Lokole, and in 1976 he created Viva La Musica, composed of about fifteen musicians.
Around 1979, he sang a few months in Afrisa International orchestra of Tabu Ley, another Zairean star with whom Papa Wemba had already worked in the late 60s.
In the hope of gaining a larger audience and to benefit from more material he went to Paris in the early 80s and since then he has been divided between France and the DRC.
Papa Wemba is also a fan of SAPE, the Society of Ambiancers and Elegant People. Born in the Congo at the end of the 1970s, this movement is gaining momentum abroad and especially in France. The SAPE is a phenomenon first clothing based on a flamboyant and exaggerated elegance.
- 2001 Bakala dia Kuba
- 1999 M’zee Fula-Ngenge, Sono CDS 8836
- 1998 Viva La Musica / vol.1, CD 700892
- 1998 Viva La Musica / vol.2, CD 700882
- 1998 Viva La Musica, vol. 1 (1977-1978), Ngoyarto NG026
- 1997 Viva La Musica / New Writing, Sonodisc CDS 8828
- 1996 Ndako ya ndele, Sonodisc CD CDS7007
- 1996 Wake up, Sonodisc CD CDS8817
- 1995 Emotion, Realworld CD RW52
- 1995 Pole Position, Sonodisc CD CDS 8815
- 1994 Foridoles, Sonodisc CD CD 72424
- 1992 The Traveler, Realworld CD RW20
- 1988 M’fono yami, Celluloid CD 668752
- Molokai, Realworld
- New generation
- Mokili ngele, LP [DSK1M]
- Love kilawu, Sonodisc CD CD8438
- Mokili Mercy, Sonodisc