After Papa Wemba’s death in Abidjan in 2016, the Congolese government decided to buy his main residence, a luxurious villa located in the heights of the posh Macampagne neighborhood in the western part of Kinshasa.
“It is here that Congolese Rumba will be told through words, photos, videos, music, sculpture, dance, poetic texts, research, and archives,” said DRC Culture Minister Catherine Kathungu.
“In this house of a certain luxury, to the taste of the king of Rumba, we will also do exhibitions, conferences, auctions, compositions, rehearsals, and others,” she added, promising that “the largest audio recording studio of music”, will be built there.
At the entrance, an image of the Congolese star, arms raised, is engraved on the gate. In the living room of this sumptuous villa, seven hats of this Congolese music icon are on display. The attention is immediately drawn to the golden sculpture of an angel that sits next to a black and white portrait of the king of Rumba.
Present at the ceremony, A’Salpho, leader of the Ivorian group Magic System, hoped that all artistic categories would be represented in the museum because “Papa Wemba was a complete artist”. The Congolese idol died on stage on 24 April 2016 while participating in the ninth edition of the Anoumabo Urban Music Festival (FEMUA), organized by Magic System.
Father of six children, dressing in the finest fashion houses, Papa Wemba had been one of the most popular African singers for over 40 years.
With his high voice and flamboyant personality, he was one of the great figures of Congolese rumba.
Who has Kim Kardashian dated before Kanye West?
Kim Kardashian‘s personal life has been in the spotlight for decades, no matter who she’s dated or married.
Kim Kardashian is reportedly dating Pete Davidson, after filing for divorce from Kanye West after six years of marriage.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has had quite the ride down relationship road, and we’re taking you on a trip back to where it all started.
1. Damon Thomas
2000 to 2003, 19-year-old Kim married music producer Damon Thomas, who was ten years her senior.
She has since revealed she was high on ecstasy during the ceremony.
Thomas filed for divorce four years later, with Kardashian later blaming their split on his alleged abusive behaviour, which Thomas denied.
2. Ray J
Kim dated R&B singer Ray J, Brandy Norwood’s younger brother, from 2003 to 2006, as her divorce from Damon Thomas was being finalised.
A year after their split, a sex tape of Kim and Ray J titled Kim Kardashian Superstar leaked online, which catapulted Kim into the limelight.
They were together for about three years, which were “highlighted” by a sex tape that was leaked and released by Vivid Entertainment.
Kim denied any involvement with the tape’s distribution. She sued and settled with Vivid Entertainment, who reportedly paid millions for the footage, for $5 million.
That same year, Kim and her family – sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, brother Rob, mother Kris and stepfather Bruce, now Caitlyn – began starring in their era-defining E!
3. Nick Cannon
After her three-year relationship with Ray J broke down, Kim began dating rapper and television host Nick Cannon in late 2006.
They split in January 2007, one month before Kim’s infamous sex tape with Ray J leaked. Years after their split, Cannon explained how their relationship broke down after she lied to him about the existence of the tape.
4. Reggie Bush
Kim dated NFL player Reggie Bush from 2007 to 2010, her first relationship documented on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The couple briefly split in 2009, but later reconciled before finally breaking up a year later.
There was scuttlebutt about the two reuniting, and apparently, up until her August 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries
5. Kris Humphries
In October 2010, Kim began dating NBA player Kris Humphries, who was playing for the New Jersey Jets at the time. Seven months later, the pair were engaged.
Their whirlwind wedding was the centre of a two-part television special and reportedly cost around $10 million.
She later explained that she felt pressured to marry Humphries , Kardashian added, “I knew on the honeymoon it wasn’t going to work out.”
However, after just 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce from Humphries, citing irreconcilable differences , which was finalised in 2013.
6. Kanye West
In 2012, Kim began dating longtime friend Kanye West while still legally married to NBA player Kris Humphries, and the rest is history.
A year later, West proposed to Kim inside a baseball stadium in San Francisco, and the pair married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy in 2014.
Kim and Kanye have four children; daughter North (born June 15, 2013), son Saint (born December 5, 2015), daughter Chicago (born January 15, 2018), and son Psalm (born May 9, 2019).
They share a mansion in Calabasas, California worth around $60 million, as well as various other properties including West’s $14 million ranch in Wyoming.
Kardashian officially filed for divorce from West in February 2021 after 6 years of marriage and a judge declared her legally single in March 2022.
7. Pete Davidson
While West admitted he still wanted to be with “wife” Kardashian despite their split, the makeup mogul was wooed by comedian Pete Davidson following her “SNL” hosting gig in October 2021.
They were later spotted holding hands on a rollercoaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.
By November, she was seen in his native Staten Island, where they enjoyed back-to-back dinners.
It was confirmed on Nov. 18 that Davidson and Kardashian are officially a couple and are still together till date .
Sauti Sol loses 2K YouTube subscribers over Azimio la Umoja drama
Award-winning Kenyan Boy band Sauti Sol have continued to lose YouTube subscribers since threatening to take legal action against Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party over claims of using their song without permission.
By Tuesday night, Sauti Sol had 905,000 YouTube subscribers but were at 903,000 subscribers on Wednesday morning.
On Monday, May 16, 2022 Sauti Sol threatened to sue Azimio for using their song Extravaganza during an event that saw the Alliance unveil Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s running.
The group pointed out that the act of Azimio using their tune without consent is blatant copyright infringement as directed by Section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.
However, Raila Odinga through his party – the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) – argued that playing the song was show of love to the music group.
ODM’s statement elicited mixed reactions with everyone picking sides and some chose to understand what the law says about copyright infringement. However, Sauti stood firm and said they will always fight for their rights.
“Y’all are crazy. I’m reading comments on Twitter. Our education system is failing us. Too many ignorant keyboard warriors. The same guys stealing from us will steal from you,” wrote Bien.
Bien added that they will never back down from doing what is right saying, ‘intellectual property will and should be respected.
On Wednesday, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) CEO Ezekiel Mutua issued a statement explaining that Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition party is free to use Sauti Sol and other artiste’s sound recording during their political events.
Sauti Sol Threatens to Sue Azimio Coalition Over Copyright Infringement
Award-winning Kenyan band Sauti Sol has threatened to sue Raila Odinga and the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance for copyright infringement.
Through a statement, Sauti Sol said that the act of Azimio using their song ‘Extravaganza’ without their consent is blatant copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.
“It has come to our attention that the Azimio la Umoja campaign through its flagbearer and presidential candidate, the Right Hon.
former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) have without license nor authority used one of our more popular original compositions, “Extravaganza,” as a soundtrack to the announcement post of the running mate,” their statement read in part.
“We did not license this song to the Azimio la Umoja Campaign neither did we give any consents for its use in the announcement of their Vice-Presidential Candidate”
They accused the Raila Odinga-led coalition of using one of their songs as a soundtrack during the unveiling of Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua as the coalition’s running mate.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has answered Sauti Sol after the band threatened to sue Azimio la Umoja for outright disregarding the country’s copyright laws.
“We would like to assure our celebrated musical team, Sauti Sol, that we love them & appreciate their music so much.
The group has carried our country’s flag so high in international fora and every Kenyan appreciates this. Playing their song yesterday was a show of love for their work,” ODM stated
Trending top in the country, netizens have rallied and called out the Extravaganza hitmakers for chasing clout and having double standards.
They were shortly after trolled with netizens pointing out that the Raila-led team had already paid for copyright and got the greenlight from MCSK to play music for campaigns.
Notably, earlier this month, Winnie Odinga, Raila’s representative had paid Sh526,000 to the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) to play local/international music during the presidential campaigns. This was confirmed by Senior Licensing Officer David Kiragu.