Legendary soukous star Aurlus Mabele is dead. According to reports, the 67-year-old passed away after being infected by the coronavirus, officially named covid-19.
Confirming the death through a Facebook post from Paris France, journalist Robert Brazza paid tribute to the musician who used to extensively tour the West.
“Hey, Uncle Aurlus! The young wolf I used to be will not forget your wise advice: “stay yourself little… and enjoy! “.
“My sadness is great tonight but my gratitude is more. You were the pace, you were joy, you were the kindness. Forever. Go in peace Aurlus Mabelle. I know auntie Nzambi has already welcomed you in her great mercy,” he wrote.
The singer is believed to have passed away in France which has seen 371 deaths for the virus which broke out in China in late 2019. According to health agency director Jerome Salomon, the number of cases had risen to 10,995, up from 9,134 on Tuesday, a rise of 20% in 24 hours.
Mabele was one of the founders of the legendary supergroup Loketo (hips) band, formed in the mid-1980s alongside Mav Cacharel and Diblo Dibala, which broke up a few years later.
He was one of the first Paris-based soukous stars and set the standard with several LPs in the 1980s.
Mabele is known for hits such as Embargo, Liste Rouge and many others. May he rest in peace. May he rest in peace