He later moved to Paris, France in the 1980s with the hopes of having his music reach a wider audience. His group Viva la Musica has lead to the emergence of new music talents from Congo. Some of the notable talents include Koffi Olomide and Kester Emeneya.
According to the French authorities, would-be immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo paid $4,500 in exchange for documents showing that they were members of Papa Wemba's band or road crew.
French officials...became suspicious when some 200 people showed up at immigration in 2000, claiming to be Papa Wemba's musicians, yet none had any musical instruments with them. French police say some turned out to be goat herders and others fishermen.More Click here BBC
Papa Wemba was made an Ambassador Against Mines on International Mine Action Day, 4 April 2007, by MAG, as part of a UNICEF funded Mine Risk Education (MRE) and communications campaign. In his new role as Ambassador, Papa Wemba will be publicising mine risk education messages through television, radio and posters, to reduce the threat posed by explosive remnants of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In 1987, Papa Wemba played the male lead role in the successful Congolese film La Vie est Belle by Belgian director Benoit Lami and Congolese producer-director Ngangura Mweze.
Best African Movie - Papa Wemba - La Vie Est Belle Part I
Best African Movie - Papa Wemba - La Vie Est Belle Part II
PAPA WEMBA: N.Y. Broadway "eScLAVE"
Papa Wemba - Fa fa fa (sad song)
So why- Papa Wemba
Wake up Koffi Olimide and Papa Wemba
Papa wemba et koffi olomide Mi amor live
For More Information
Papa Wemba Official Site
"Singers and musicians aren't able to make a decent living from their music any more because of the problems associated with piracy," he says, "So I think we should try and compensate this lack of earnings through dedications. We should return to the old tradition of 'praise songs' - where money wasn't originally involved - where singers glorify a person, recounting his life story and the history of his parents and his grandparents, a bit like 'griots'."
"When I started out we basically worked under live conditions in the studio," he says, "But these days musical programming has come to play an increasing role in the studio. I'm trying to adapt to the new technology - that's what's in fashion now and I can't afford to ignore it!"
Papa Wemba plays musical godfather The Congolese star promotes the next generation