We Lost Two More Musicians Over the Weekend

Damn you, 2016. Why do you keep taking so many musicians from us?

Papa Wemba

The king of rhumba’s Congolese beat not only entranced Africa but also infiltrated Europe. He was performing in Ivory Coast on Saturday when he collapsed onstage, dead of an apparent heart attack at the age of 66. Naturally, there’s video.

Billy Paul

The Philly soul singer, best known for his 1972 hit, “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 81.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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