Loud grumbles are being heard from Kenyan artistes over unconfirmed reports of that Lingala maestro Koffi Olomide will pocket Sh23 million when he performs in Kenya later this month.
Reports indicate that the flamboyant Lingala agreed to fly to Kenya to perform at the Devolution Conference after sealing the mouthwatering deal with Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
But the 61-year-old Congolese musician, whose impending return to the country continues to divide opinion among Kenyans, has received the endorsement of Sauti Sol's lead vocalist Bien-Aime Baraza.
CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
In defence of Koffi, Bien has schooled his fellow Kenyan artiste why the veteran Congolese crooner is worth every cent of the said Sh23 million that he earn from his Kenyan tour.
"Good for Koffi this man has 20 albums. Koffi has done everything we have never done including entertaining three generations. Koffi deserves that kind of money," Bien said who urged his fellow local artistes to acknowledge Koffi's immense contribution to African music.
Koffi, who last visit to Kenya two years ago ended badly after he was deported for kicking one of his dancers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has been doing music consistently for more than three decades now.
Along the way, he has nurtured great musical talent, including - most recently - crowd puller Fally Ipupa, who recognizes Koffi as his musical 'father'.