Africa mourns ‘King of Congolese Rumba’

Gone But Not Forgotten: Tabu Ley Rochereau

Gone But Not Forgotten: Tabu Ley Rochereau

Fans across Africa and the rest of the world are paying tributes to Tabu Ley Rochereau a day after the legendary Congolese musician who inspired a continent died in a Belgian hospital aged 76.

For millions of his fans, he was “the messenger,” “the baobab of Congolese rumba,” or “Prince Rochereau”. A day after legendary Congolese singer-songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau died aged 76 in a Belgian hospital, tributes to one of Africa’s greatest sons and most beloved musicians were pouring from across the continent – and the rest of the world.

“RIP Tabu Ley. The music world has lost a true icon,” tweeted a well-known Kenyan musician. “Rest in peace to one of the planet’s great singers, Tabu Ley Rochereau,” tweeted a respected US music critic.

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