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  • AUC Chairperson extends condolences on the death of Papa Wemba

     

    (EthioTime) The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has extended her heartfelt condolences and conveyed her sympathies to the friends, fans and family of the African musician of Congolese origin, Papa Wemba, who died while performing at a concert in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Saturday, 24April 2016. 

    “The passing of Papa Wemba is a tragic loss, not only for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but for Africa as a whole and the world in general”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said. “His music served both as a cultural tool for bringing Africa’s diverse populations together, but also, crucially, to project an African voice, into the global scheme. His talent and spirit will be greatly missed”, she added.  

    With a career spanning over four decades and resulting in numerous national and international accolades, Papa Wemba, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a legend and icon in African music. Known also as Africa’s King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba’s original sounds have roused and inspired many across the African continent, Europe and beyond.

    Papa Wemba’s unique voice to contribute to a more positive narrative about Africa – beyond war, famine and poverty - and his music has been a tool for the promotion of African integration through arts and culture.  He stood for, and advocated for a self-reliant Africa.

    In the spirit of giving his best to Africa, the King of Rhumba Rock was one of the artists that came to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when AU was celebrating 50th anniversary of continental organization OAU/AU, in May 2013.

    (Image:  Papa Wemba/Flicker)

     

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  • Kenya, Tanzania enter into diplomatic row over Ethiopians

    (EthioTime) Kenya and Tanzania entered into diplomatic row after Tanzania dropped 74 Ethiopians who had just finished their jail sentences in the country at the Kenyan border in Taveta on Tuesday.

    Tanzanian authorities dropped ex-convicts in Kenya instead of deporting them to Ethiopia while Kenyan immigration officers at the border condemned the act and threatened to send them back to Tanzania.

    The officers said Kenya would not take over Tanzania's burden under international law, Standard reported. This also came a few days after Kenya deported 8 Taiwanese who had been acquitted of wire fraud charges to China where they were held for three days, resulting in an ugly row between the two countries.

    (Image: Map of Africa/Wikimedia) 

     

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