Papa Wemba: The Son of a Professional Mourner Brings Joyful Affirmation to a Broken World

The Mindful Bard by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 28 2014-07-18 Album: Maître d’école(link) Artist: Papa Wemba “I said to myself, I don’t want to play music only for Zaireans anymore. I am going to play music for all humanity.” – Papa Wemba Papa Wemba (born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba) is a Tetela tribe member from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). He says that his mother, a professional mourner who sang at funerals, was his greatest musical influence. The oldest boy in his family, he was obliged to care for his siblings after … Continue reading Papa Wemba: The Son of a Professional Mourner Brings Joyful Affirmation to a Broken World