Congolese Soukous music legend Aurlus Mabele has succumbed to complications arising from a previous stroke in France.

His counterpart Nyboma Mwandido confirmed his death on Friday saying the musician who had been battling cancer for a while, succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 19 in Paris, France.

Mabele, 67 was born Aurelien Miatsonama in 1954 in Brazaville in the Poto Poto district of the Republic of Congo. He staged a number of concerts in Kampala in the early 1990s.

He was known for creating the soukous genre of music, earning him the moniker King of Soukous. Some of his hit songs include; Lubo Lubo, Evelyne, Tchekelina, Malou, among others.

Others stars who have tested positive for Coronavirus include British actor Idris Elba, US’s Tom Hanks and Kristofer Hivju. A Tanzanian rapper Mwana FA, born Khamis Mwinjuma  confirmed on March 19 when he tested positive for coronavirus.

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