Zambia: Koffi Olomide to Rock Pamodzi Hotel

Photo: Koffi Olomide/Facebook
Rhumba king Koffi Olomide.

CONGOLESE singer Le Grand Mopao Mokonzi Koffi Olomide is tonight set to rock Lusaka with his Soukous Rhumba music style at Pamodzi Hotel.

Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba popularly known as Koffi Olomide will give Zambians a Christmas and New Year bonus after mesmerising Lubumbashi on Christmas day.

Koffi is not new to the Zambian audience as he has frequented Zambia in the past but this festive marathon tour is expected to be a different treat as he comes with his new hit album Abracadabra which is enjoying massive air-play.

Since 2008 Koffi has been singing with Cindy Le Coer, who has won many people's hearts with her sweet charming voice, and the two have formed an undisputed duet resulting in great musical works.

Cindy le Coer will accompany Koffi for the Lusaka and Kitwe shows and such hits as Abracadabra, Soup, Ikea and Cle Boa are expected to be churned and the Zambian fans will have something to take into 2013 with.

The Pamodzi hotel show tonight will cost revellers K350, 000 per head while the big one at the New Government Complex in Lusaka tomorrow will cost K200,000.

Kitwe residents will be dated at Moba hotel on New Years Eve at K250,000 per individual.

Koffi Olomide was born in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His father is Congolese and his mother was born from a Sierra-Leonian father and a Congolese mother.

According to the ethnic custom of his Sierra-Leone grandfather, his mother named him 'Koffi' because he was born on a Friday. Koffi grew up in the city of Kinshasa in a middle-class family, where education was valued.

He was a very bright student. He earned a scholarship and went to study in Bordeaux, France where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics. He is also holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris.

Upon his return to Congo in the 1970s he joined Papa Wemba's band, Viva la Musica, at first as a composer and song-writer, and later as a vocalist and lead-singer.

He launched his solo career in 1986, Koffi formed his band known as Quartier Latin, which celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2006. Since then, he has performed and recorded both

with the group and by himself. Over the years, he has built up a faithful fan base internationally, particularly in Africa and Europe.

Koffi popularized the slower style of soukous, which he dubbed Tcha Tcho. Koffi's music can be quite controversial, taking on current events and topics considered taboo in some conservative societies. He has also participated in the salsa music project Africando.

For his effort, Affaire D'Etat, released in 2003, Koffi received four Kora

Awards on a single night at the annual Kora Awards in South Africa for 2002/2003, including the award for Best African Artist, which he had earlier won in 1998.

More recently, he has won the Kora Award for "Best African Artist of The Decade". This led to the establishment of one of his many aliases as the 'Quadra Kora Man'.

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