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Koffi Olomide 
with dancers


República Democrática del Congo

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Antoine Koffi Olomidé (nacido el 13 de agosto de 1956) es un cantante, productor y compositor de música soukous de la República Democrática del Congo.

Nacido en Kisangani (República Democrática del Congo) de madre congoleña y padre togolés, Koffi se crió en Kinshasa. Fue a Francia a estudiar. Mientras estaba en París, empezó a tocar la guitarra y escribir canciones. Cuando regresó al Congo era miembro de Viva la Música, la banda de Papa Wemba. Koffi volvió a popularizar el estilo lento de soukous, que había quedado fuera de moda. Llamó a ese estilo Tcha Tcho, y ganó popularidad fuera del Congo. La música de Koffi puede ser controversial, tomando eventos actuales y temas considerados tabú en algunas sociedades conservadoras. También ha participado en el proyecto de música salsa Africando. Koffi tiene cuatro premios Kora en Sudáfrica y también ganó como mejor artista de África central. Está casado y es padre de cuatro niños.



Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, also known as Koffi Olomide (Friday, August 13, 1956), is a DR Congolese soukous singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He is also known by a multitude of other names and aliases.[1]



Background


He was born in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to a DR Congolese father and a mother from Togo.[2] Koffi grew up in the city of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a middle-class family, where education was valued.

Education


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 reported to hold a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris.[3]

Music career


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, Effrakata, released in 2002, 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".[4]

His music


Olomide's album Haut de Gamme: Koweït, Rive Gauche is listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5] In December 2001 Olomide released "Effrakata", a double CD album featuring 16 tracks.

He has trained many young musicians some of whom have since left his Quartier Latin band and gone solo while a few are still sticking with him. Some of those who have left are Fele Mudogo, Sam Tshintu, Suzuki 4x4, Soleil Wanga, Fally Ipupa, Montana Kamenga, Fere Gola and are so far doing fairly well on their own. However "Suzuki 4x4" has recently showed up once more in some of Quartier Latin shows, along with his new recruits like Cindy le Coeur, a female singer with such high pitched vocals that could scare a snake while asleep. Though there is no valid confirmation as to whether Suzuki 4X4 has made a come back, a fact that will soon be confirmed, he is by all standards another seasoned singer.

Koffi, who mostly refers to himself as Mopao, has a brand new release known as La Chicotte a Papa, having recently excelled in hits like Cle Boa, Lovemycine, Diabolos, Grand Pretre Mere and Soupou, among others. Mopao has also proven to be of such very high standards of talent which could easily be compared to the once king of African rhumba the late Luambo Makiadi, who equally saw many artistes pass through his expert hands during his days. Today, Mopao is the undisputed king of romantic rhumba.Not only that, he is in fact Africa's biggest musician today.[6]

Personal


Koffi Olomide is reported to be very intelligent and wealthy. He is married and is the father of seven (7) children: Aristote, Elvis, Minou Miss Univers, Didi Stone Nike, Rocky, Del pirlo Mourhino and Saint James Rolls. Olomide's father, who is currently in poor health, lives in Paris, France. Olomide's mother lives in Kinshasa and works as a jewellery dealer in the Zando Market in the city. Koffi has an elder brother, Johnny Ko, who also lives in Paris.[7]



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