In pictures: Emotions run high as Papa Wemba’s body arrives in Congo

The body of World famous maestro Papa Wemba finally arrived in Congo on Thursday (28th April 2016).

Emotions ran high as mourning fans gathered at the airport to pay their last respects to the Rhumba Rock King.

His widow and members of his family were surrounded by friends as they received his body in an emotive show of solidarity and empathy.

The burial is set for Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Ivory Cost held a tribute service dedicated to the late singer in Abidjan where fans encouraged members of Papa Wemba’s band to perform despite their grief, to honor the late African legend.

Thousands of people, all dressed in white, came to pay tribute to Papa Wemba.

The message on their t-shirts and on the stage read “We mourn you, long live Wemba.”

Papa Wemba's body being carried.PHOTO/COURTESY

Papa Wemba’s body being carried.PHOTO/COURTESY

Papa Wemba's body arrives in DRC Congo. PHOTO/COURTESY

Papa Wemba’s body arrives in DRC Congo. PHOTO/COURTESY

Mourners at the airport. PHOTO/COURTESY

Mourners at the airport. PHOTO/COURTESY

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