I just found out while browsing Vibes d'Afrique that solo artist, atakulu Alpatchino passed away in Kinshasa on February 16 of kidney failure. He was only 36 years old. He is rumored to have attempted suicide by poison at an earlier date, thereby damaging his kidneys to the point of failure.
Once an atakulu for Papa Wemba's Viva La Musica Alpatchino went solo and saw success with the release of "Offensive Generalisee". He will be missed. Bless