Zambia: Koffi Fails to Impress Fans

CONGOLESE Rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide failed to impress fans who felt robbed off the entry fee at the highly publicised show held at Government complex last weekend.

Olomide put up lousy performance at the poorly attended show whose entry fee was Kr200.

The patrons only managed to fill the lower part of the building contrary to the previous shows where the rhumba maestro pulled huge crowds.

Koffi has been attracting a good number of people in Zambia but last week's concert was a reality check on his popularity in the country as many people came late.

Around 23:00 hours many seats in the auditorium were empty and by the time Olomide stormed the stage 30 minutes later, the empty seats were filled by suspected gate crashers.

Going by the Olomide's last weekend performance, it is undisputable that the musician of the 'Tcha Tcho' music fame has lost touch after the majority of his Quartier Latin 001 band left him.

The few recruits that have taken over are far from impressing.

Some people in the audience were heard shouting Fally Ipupa's name giving an impression that the former Quartier Latin 001 lead vocalist was the main man behind Mopao's success.

Cindy Le Couer proved that she can sing and dance too but the fans didn't find her performance exciting as they focused on the man they've followed for many decades.

Olomide performed different tracks which did not appeal to the fans he kept begging to applaud but the crowd found seats more entertaining than the music.

Flanked by skimpy dressed dancing queens who as well never did much to impress the audience, however, Olomide decided to take on the photographers.

He ordered his security men to get rid of photographers as his dancing queens swung into action because he didn't want people to take photos of him dancing with his dancers.

"I am extremely disappointed with Koffi's performance which is far from impressing and maybe it's about time he retired," said one of the disappointed patrons.

A patron only identified as Judy who was accompanied by her husband bemoaned her KR 200 she paid to watch the singer.

"I have wasted my money to watch a man who could not sing and dance; he should just stop singing because he is too old for that type of music," Judy said.

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