Tributes have today poured in euologising Congolese singer and songwriter Mose Se Sengo (Fan Fan) famed for his hit song Papa Lolo.
The guitar strings of the popular Soukous maestro plucked melody from the wind for the last time on Friday, May 3, after he suffered a heart attack in an apartment located along Thika superhighway.
According to producer Tabu Musa, the 75-year-old was on a recording tour in Nairobi.
Born in October 16, 1945, in Kinshasa, Zaire, the talented Mose Se Sengo was spotted by Rhumba maestro Franco Luambo Makiadi while playing for the band Revolution as a featured guitarist.
All Music reports that he stayed with Franco’s legendary OK Jazz for several years before leaving with other musicians to form Orchestre Somo Somo where they belted out the hit song, Djamelasi.
Orchestre Somo Somo was, however, hit by misfortune after band member Youlou Mabiala - a member he moved out of OK Jazz with - was injured in a car crash.
The unfortunate reality forced Mose Se Sengo to return to OK Jazz but left again after deciding to revive, and branch Orchestre Somo Somo out into Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania.
He stayed in the latter for over five years where he treated his fans with a new sound courtesy of work with Orchestre Makassy.
His stint in Kenya resulted in Mose Se Sengo flying to London, UK, where he was offered a contract by Stern’s Records courtesy of an invitation by Robin Scott.
The deal saw him record two albums before Orchestre Somo Somo went under once again.
Following the collapse of his band, he produced another album with Bana OK before working for six months as a civil servant with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
He had several albums in his belt including Hello Hello, Bayekeleye and Musicatelama.
This is what some of his fans had to say:
RIP Mose Fan Fan. You blessed our generation with great rhumba and I'm blessed to have lived during your reign. PAPA LOLO will rule the airwaves for a long time.— Edwin Omega???????????????????????? (@eddi_omega) May 4, 2019
Papa Lolo's Mose Fan Fan got many fans in KE. fate had it his last breath was in KE.— #TheKenyaWeWant (@nathanrobe) May 4, 2019
Rest in perfect Glory Mose Fan Fan ( Papa lolo ). your papa lolo song will remain has a monument to remember you. It has been a song that relieve me from depression and always rejuvenate my spirits. pic.twitter.com/VvsOBEJxGq— Ekaru Collins Eregae (@EkaruCollins) May 4, 2019
R.I.P. to this music legend behind "papa lolo " song .... Mose Fanfan pic.twitter.com/wVH92Nxrt2— wanjiru muguongo (@WanjiruMuguongo) May 4, 2019
Rest Easy Rhumba Maestro, former band member of Franco's TP OK Jazz Band and maker of hit song Papa Lolo— THee Papa (@Bulumacleo) May 4, 2019
So sad waking to the news That he's no more— Dansan Eminen (@Dansan_Eminen) May 4, 2019
Rip The Legendary Mose Fan Fan
Famously Known for the hit song Papa Lolo pic.twitter.com/NqJJzlyAXk
Its so sad CONGOLESE Mose Fan Fan dying after collapsing. Truth be told alot of Kenyans love his song Papa lolo including me.— HON. PRINCE ???????? (@HonPrince8) May 4, 2019
May his soul rest in eternal peace. #RIPMoseFanFan pic.twitter.com/cHzSoshGpb
Another blow to Congolese rumba music as curtains fall for Mose Sengo popularly known as Mose Fan Fan of the Papa Lolo fame, the only guitarist who could pull a Franco successfully. #RIPMoseFanFan pic.twitter.com/4xnAOE7aD0— Certified Savage (@Harrymb254) May 4, 2019
Rest In Power Mose Fan Fan, your breath has been cut short but your songs shall live forever, Kenya became your home and we will miss you— OBONYO Ezekiel (Baba Twins ) (@zecky_obonyo) May 4, 2019
Papa Lolo is one of your greatest hits. #RIPMoseFanFan pic.twitter.com/H0IfDaU6vG