Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabélé dies of coronavirus, daughter says

Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died of coronavirus in a hospital in Paris, France, his daughter, French singer Liza Monet, tweeted on Thursday. “I am inconsolable,” she wrote.

He was admitted to hospital on Thursday and died on the same day.

BBC reported that his fans called him the king of soukous – a high-tempo Congolese dance music popular across Africa.

A fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel, also said on Facebook that he had died of coronavirus.

“His manager, Jimmy Ouetenou, however, told BBC Afrique that it was not confirmed he died of coronavirus and that he had long-term health problems,” The BBC said

According to the BBC, Mabélé, whose real name is Aurélien Miatsonama, was from Congo-Brazzaville and moved to France in the 1980s.

His hits included the track Embargo.

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