Veteran Congolese musician Mose Fan Fan dies in Nairobi


Veteran Congolese musician Mose Fan Fan dies in Nairobi
File image of Veteran Congolese musician Mose Fan Fan. PHOTO| COURTESY

Veteran Congolese musician Mose Fan Fan, widely known for the song Papa Lolo, is dead.

Mose, whose real name is Mose Se Sengo, died on Friday night after collapsing at an apartment in Nairobi.

The 75-year-old was on a recording tour in Nairobi, when he collapsed and died following a suspected heart failure.

Fan Fan, who was staying at an apartment on Thika Superhighway, was taken to a Kasarani hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The musician’s producer, Tabu Osusa, said Fan Fan was in the city recording a new song with vocalists based in Nairobi including Paddy Makani and Disco Longwa.

Mose Fan Fan, whose residence is in London, loved Nairobi and has been visiting Kenya consistently for the last three years.

The artiste is one of the pioneers of Congolese Soukous, with several songs under his belt, including Papa Lolo, Mamisa, Buka Bisengo and Zenda, among others.

Fan Fan was introduced into the music scene by the late legendary Congolese Rhumba maestro Franco Luambo Makiadi in 1968.

His body was taken to the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi.

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