Fans of soukous music are mourning the death of Paris-based musician Aurlus Mabele. According to media reports, he developed complications arising from a stroke and coronavirus infection.
The 67-year-old singer was from Congo Brazzaville and the shocking news of Mabele’s death was announced by his daughter Liza Monet on her social media account.
“My dad died of coronavirus this morning (Thursday night) … Thank you for honoring his memory. He is a great legend of the Soukouss that the Congolese people are losing today. I am inconsolable and collapsed. My dad whom I love so much … Aurlus Mabele,” Liza posted on her Twitter account.
Speaking to the Nation on Friday, his counterpart, Nyboma Mwandido, confirmed the news, adding that a family member got information about the Covid-19 infection from the French hospital Mabele was receiving treatment at.
“We are liaising with family members on funeral arrangements. We’ll also get more details from the hospital on his medical condition,” he said.
Mabele, guitarist Diblo Dibala, Rammy Salomon and Jean Baron were members of Loketo Band, formed in the mid-1980s. Some of their popular songs include ‘Extra Ball’, ‘Douce Isabella’ and ‘Choc a Distance’. Kenyans got a chance to watch him live in 1991. He was backed by his new solo guitarist Dally Kimoko, Jean Baron and then-drummer Awilo Longomba.
Lingala musician Sammy Wamuri (Ya Kembo) said he attended all his shows and is saddened by his death. “It was Aurlus who made me love soukous music,” he said.