|PARAMEDICS TRYING TO RESCUE PAPA WEMBA AFTER COLLAPSING|
French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager.
On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world music following with his "rumba rock".
He inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
In 2004, he was convicted in France of a role in an illegal immigration racket and spent three months in prison.
He remained one of Africa's most popular musicians.
|PAPA WEMBA PERFORMING BEFORE COLLAPSING AND DIED|