Dance The Night Away
With Koffi Olomide
A Touch Of Congolese
Looking for fun African party music? Koffi Olomide will
you out here. You simply can't help but move when his
Congolese Soukous rhythms start to play!
Working at the info desk during a sold out Koffi Olomide concert in
Switzerland, I once witnessed a small riot of disappointed African fans
who couldn't get a ticket. Nobody wants to miss the
chance to see him live on stage. And those unlucky fans certainly did
As soon as Koffi appears the party begins - on and off the stage.
His piercing voice alone and the playful guitar tunes could perfectly
the job. But to raise the heat even more, Koffi always brings
line-up of sexy dancers along with him. And the audience goes mad.
Koffi is a star not only in his home country, but in the
whole of Africa and in Europe.
His Biography And Career
Antoine Agbepa Mumba is his real name. His father is Congolese and his
mother comes from Sierra Leone. In her and other African countries,
children are also named according to the day they are born. She gave
birth on 13th August 1956, a Friday and therefore named the baby Koffi.
For African standards, Koffi's family was rich. He grew up
rather comfortably in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic
Republic of Congo (former Zaire). He learned to play the guitar and
even created his own songs. Because he was also a very bright
student, his father sent him to Bordeaux in France to
After financing a university education in Europe, no
wonder Daddy wasn't fond of Koffi's idea to become a musician
instead of a respected business man. He recorded his first songs in the
late 1970s and worked as a song writer for then already famous Papa
In the 1980s, Koffi formed his famous group Quartier Latin
celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2006. During all these years he
performed and recorded both with the group and solo, which earned him
several music awards and a faithful fan base in Africa and Europe.
During 30 years of music making, Koffi recorded nearly 30 brilliant albums
about ten years, he experimented with various Congolese genres and
finally created his own style: Tcha-tcho.
Tcha-tcho is a sub-form of Soukous with sensual dance rhythms
and playful guitar tunes. The lyrics are often melancholic and because
his seductive voice, Koffi has been compared to Julio
and Barry White.
To much of his (mostly female) fan base, Koffi is the image of a
perfect lover. Others are rather put off by his constant display of
luxury and sex. Some of his videos were censored
or banned by the Congolese government. (Which just made him
more popular among fans though.) But whether you care for such a life
style or not:
Koffi's music will
definitely get you in the right mood to dance the night away!
What do YOU think about Koffi?
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