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Papa Wemba's body arrives home in Congo

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Mourners at the airport © BBC Mourners at the airport

Hundreds of mourners have welcomed the body of Papa Wemba, one Africa's best known singers, back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mourners at Kinshasa's airport: Mourners were waiting at Kinshasa's airport for the body to arrive © BBC Mourners were waiting at Kinshasa's airport for the body to arrive

It was flown into the capital, Kinshasa, from Ivory Coast, where he died on Sunday after collapsing on stage in Abidjan.

Fans of the late Papa Wemba, attend a concert in tribute to him on April 27, 2016 at the Palace of Culture in Abidjan: An all-night concert was held in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan in Papa Wemba's honour © AFP An all-night concert was held in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan in Papa Wemba's honour

Ivorian fans attended an all-night concert held in his honour in the city.

Fans pay tribute to Papa Wemba: Hundreds of his fans turned up to pay tribute to Papa Wemba © AFP Hundreds of his fans turned up to pay tribute to Papa Wemba

He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in Kinshasa, on Monday.

Fans react next to the coffin of Congolese musician Papa Wemba at the official ceremony held by the Ivorian government: Papa Wemba's coffin was displayed at a ceremony before the memorial concert in Abidjan © Reuters Papa Wemba's coffin was displayed at a ceremony before the memorial concert in Abidjan

After Papa Wemba's coffin left the airport it was taken to a morgue, reports the BBC's Poly Muzalia from Kinshasa.

Papa Wemba's group performing at the memorial concert: The musicians and dancers who were with Papa Wemba when he died paid tribute to him on Wednesday night © AFP The musicians and dancers who were with Papa Wemba when he died paid tribute to him on Wednesday night

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Papa Wemba, who died aged 66, was considered one of Africa's most influential musicians of his generation.

He pioneered modern Congolese soukous music, which spread through the continent.

Many of Africa's top musicians have paid tribute to Papa Wemba, including Cameroon's Manu Dibango, who described him as the "voice of Africa".

Ivory Coast's Culture Minister Maurice Bandaman said at a memorial service before the body left that "an artist never dies... Papa Wemba is dead, and now [he is] even greater than before," reports the AFP news agency.

The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Abidjan says most of the audience at the all-night concert were dressed in white as a mark of respect.

Papa Wemba's wife and his entire entourage were there, and his daughter read out a memorial prayer.

Performers included Ivorian stars Magic System, Meiway, Espoir 2000, Zouglou Makers and members of his Viva La Musica group, who were on stage with him when he died.

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