Legendary Congolese musician Simaro Massiya Lutumba died early Saturday at a hospital in Paris, France.
His fellow musicians Nyboma Mwandido and Sam Mangwana confirmed his death in phone interviews with the Nation.
Mr Lutumba was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 19, 1938.
He specialised in Soukous, wrote songs, played the guitar and led a band in the DRC.
The cause of Mr Lutumba’s death was not immediately clear but he had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
Courtesy of The Nation