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Congolese Lyrics / Koffi Olomide -Coucou
« on: October 17, 2014, 23:21 »
I have been listening to classic Koffi songs from his old releases; V12, etc. Coucou happen to be one of songs I listen to very often. What is he singing about?

Archos, please tell me.

Congolese Music / Koffi Olomide Vs Felix Wazekwa
« on: February 27, 2014, 00:52 »
Feix Wazekwa and Kofi Olomide don't get along; by thee way, what musicians get along in Congo? What statd their discord. Is it music branding, songs, deal, women. What was the geneseis of their fall-out?

Congolese Music / Fashion Designers for Congolese Stars
« on: February 15, 2014, 18:26 »
I see Congolese musicians with fashions at every turn and in Africa that. Who are the designers for these musicians, Koffi, Mpiana? Also Werrason is the worst fashionista Wazekwa is cool on his own. Do they employ Congo tailors or do they simply import everything including that of their dancers.

Hello to everyone on this forum. I am seizing this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year in advance. My heart goes out to the organizer of this forum, may God continues to give you wisdom along with each and everyone on this forum. IT IS NOT EASY BOUNCING BACK after Vibesdafrique was yanked off our feet. THANK YOU.

Also my great appreciation goes out to Archos, the voice of Congo Rumba in diaspora for his fantastic contributions.

Finally, Archos extend my shout out to my heat crusher, Markation. I hope all is fine with her and married life. Everytime I watch her clips, she puts Rumba back in Congo Rumba for me.


Congolese Music / WHERE IS YEMIMA?
« on: October 15, 2013, 20:49 »
Guys, I know that Ron had contacted this forum earlier, when it was re-formed; is he on? I haven't read from more of his postings. Did Yemima completely drop off? She was our global event updater.

Congolese Music / WHERE IS THAT BONE HEAD PAPA PC? I miss him
« on: October 15, 2013, 20:45 »
Guys, have you heard from Papa PC Mpondolo ? I miss that brother on this forum. Please keep emailing him to join back again.

Congolese Music / Is Koffi Olomide finished as this write suggests?
« on: September 30, 2013, 19:46 »

Congolese singer Koffi Olomide and his wife Aliane Olomide leave the court on August 16, 2012 after Olomide got a three-month suspended sentence in a trial on charges of 'hitting and injuring' a Congolese producer. AFP PHOTO  
During the burial of rhumba great Pepe Ndombe Opetum he had the gumption to jump the VIP queue as respects were paid to the late TP OK Jazz crooner. He has called himself Pope, a French president and generally broken every rule in the book. Has Congolese tcha tcho star Koffi Olomide hit the road to self-destruction?

He may have got off lightly with a three-month suspended sentence last week on charges of assaulting his producer, but popular Congolese musician Antoine Agbepa Mumba, better known as Koffi Olomide, is going through a rough patch.

Many music commentators generally agree that, Olomide, 56, and one of Democratic Republic of Congo’s most prolific musicians, with a string of hits under his belt, is today a pale shadow of what he was some 10 or so years ago, at the peak of success as a mega African recording artiste.

His famous Quartier Latin International Band that churned out hit after hit in Koffi’s heyday, is also a shell of its former self.

But the man who goes by numerous nicknames and praise aliases, including Grand Mopao, Mokonzi, Tcha Tcho king, Shakespeare of Zaire, Nkolo Lupemba and Sarkozy, after former French President Nicola Sarkozy, never shies away from controversy.

A couple of years ago he blithely stepped on the toes of many Catholics in Kinshasa when he added "Benedict XVI of the Congo" to his names. This was seen as an affront to Pope Benedict XVI - the global head of the Catholic church. Worse still, he placed banners at various spots in Kinshasa.

As Robert Osano, a lingala music fan who has lived in Kinshasa recalls: “There was a public outcry over the use of the Pope’s name in his promotional material. This was the vintage Koffi Olomide; ever controversial”.


Koffi made his debut as an excellent songwriter when most of his early compositions in the late 70s and 80s were released through Papa Wemba’s Orch Viva La Musica Band.

Nairobi-based Congolese musician Kasongo wa Kanema of the Super Mazembe fame noted that Koffi had often out-smarted others by labelling his albums with coded messages.

“Most of his songs, though with perfect and unique arrangements, have turned out to hit at certain people often with different meanings from what we know,” says Kanema.

Similarly Kasongo regrets that Koffi whose music is loved by many, now finds himself in the embarrassing situation of being hurled to court.

Some of Koffi’s greatest songs include 'Papa Plus', 'Futa Djalon', 'Andraa', 'Loi', 'Mbirime', 'Micko', 'Attentat' and 'Ngounda'.

Koffi’s latest brush with the law arose from a disagreement with his producer Diego Lubaki, over 3,000 euros. If you drive a spanking Mercedes Benz or the ego-oozing Hummer, some people expect lots of civility from you. Especially when you once won a scholarship to study in Bordeaux, France, where you obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics.

According to his Paris-based counterpart Nyboma Mwandido, the incident was unfortunate and a blot to his image. The faux pas, as they are wont to term it in DRC, happened at Kinshasa’s Zenith Hotel and was the latest in the series of incidents Koffi has had with promoters.

“Koffi confronted the producer demanding his dues thereafter it become physical,” Nyboma said on phone from the DRC capital.

Nyboma who has recorded with Koffi songs like 'Anicet' and sung on Koffi’s 'Papa Bonheur' feels there is still time for Koffi to redeem his image. “Koffi is definitely going through some difficult time and we hope he sails through well,” Nyboma added.


For the past almost three years Koffi has not been able to stage any shows in Europe partly due to a pending court case over harassment of dancers and threats from the radical anti-Kabila “combatants” who are opposed to Kinshasa-based groups performing in Europe.

Koffi was arrested on Wednesday, August 15, shortly before noon in Kinshasa and charged with assault and battery. He was represented by 10 lawyers.

Prosecutor Flory Kabange had a warrant of arrest issued against the flamboyant singer for assaulting his producer Diego Lubaki.

According to the prosecutor, hotel property was damaged in the fracas. It was a trying moment for the band leader who was held overnight in Makala Prison and produced in court on Thursday morning. Word of his arrest had spread and the court was packed to the brim with his fans and curious people. His wife Aliane was present.

Kenyan radio presenter Fred Obachi Machoka witnessed Koffi’s rough edges in June during an open air funeral service for former -TP Ok singer Pepe Ndombe Opetum in Kinshasa.

“Ndombe’s family and others were incensed by Koffi’s attempt to jump the queue in laying wreaths ahead of senior government officials. Machoka, who had travelled to Kinshasa for the funeral, said Koffi was later allowed to lay his wreath but denied a chance to address the mourners.

The court matter in Kinshasa is the second major legal battle for the musician, who is facing harassment allegations in France that have curtailed his travel to record or perform in Europe.

Koffi’s appearances have been mostly centred around Kinshasa since early this year, following unsavoury charges being preferred against him in the Nanterre magistrate’s court, Paris.

During a concert tour of France a dancer accused Koffi of rape but the star has vehemently denied the charge, accusing the young woman of making false allegations against him in order to be allowed to stay on in France, reported African Diplomacy.

Koffi was in Paris early this year where he hired a lawyer to argue his case and hurriedly returned to Kinshasa.


A few years ago Olomide’s bodyguard assaulted reporter Marc Tabu at a concert in Paris. As US-based veteran musician and producer Mekanisi Modero recalled that Koffi later apologised to Marc’s father, veteran singer Tabu Ley.

“The recent incident in Kinshasa illustrates Koffi’s tendency to be emotional and physical,” says Modero.

Koffi, who has over the past two decades or so distinguished himself as a singer, dancer, producer and composer, was born on July 13, 1956, in Kisangani before his family moved to Kinshasa.

He was born in a middle class family that valued education. This probably explains his acumen in band management. He even runs a transport company in Kinshasa and real estate business in the same city.

On returning to Kinshasa from France in the 1970s, he joined Papa Wemba’s Viva la Musica as a composer and songwriter and later became a vocalist.

In 1986, he left Viva la Musica to start Quartier Latin, which at most times was a huge ensemble of instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers, averaging 30 or more. He built a loyal fan base in East, Central, Southern and West Africa with his Tcha Tcho style of soukous.

As a band leader, Koffi is meticulous and a stickler for quality and pushes his musicians hard to get the best out of them. He has as a result won numerous accolades, but he treasures most the 2002 Kora Award for Best African Artiste of the Decade.

Many fine Congolese musicians have gone through Koffi’s hands to excel in the field. They include Fally Ipupa, who was with Quartier Latin for nearly 10 years before launching his solo career.

Today, Fally is one of the most promising Congolese artistes, who has taken his prowess to the next level, collaborating with American G-Unit of 50 Cent’s Olivia, on a super track 'Electric Chaise'.

With Koffi, Fally composed 'Ko ko ko' and did the lead vocals on 'Pharcien'. Another great to have worked with Koffi is Ferre Gola, after leaving Werra Son’s Wenge Musica Maison Mere.

Other Koffi protégés include Montana Kamenga, who had sharpened his skills with General Defao, before teaming up with Koffi.

There are also Fele Mudogo, Sam Tshintu, Suzuki 4x4, Buro Mpela, and Soleil Wanga who went through Quartier Latin.

The group split in 1998 after a concert at the Olympia Hall in Paris. Disgruntled members went to form Orchestre Quartier Latin Academia

Congolese Music / Markation the Dancer
« on: September 30, 2013, 19:13 »
Does anyone know the faith of Markation? I am saddened that I have not seen her dancing lately on any clips, what a waist of talent. Why wouldn't any band hire her, whether small or big or have they? Shw is the one dancer that remained true to her natural African beauty and I have always admired her for that. For all I know, she will give any of the new younger ones being futured today a big run for their money and somne.

Congolese Music / Suzuki
« on: September 30, 2013, 19:09 »
I have long liked Suzuki. I have seen him in many bands, Wenge, Mpiana & BCBG, Maison Merre & Werrason and of all Koffi Olomide and Quartier Latin. It seems he is able to flow in and out of bands with no issue.

Archos, can you shed some light on Zusuki, his career, marriage and where he is at right now. Any children of his, wife, etc. Anyone can pitch in for that matter. He complimented Koffi alot on Koffi's earlier recordings. How well of is he financially?


Congolese Music / Koffi Olomide's classics
« on: August 24, 2013, 00:45 »
I dusted off my Koffi's albums I had archived. I bought those a long time ago, maybe 10 and more years but had neglected them because the Wenges and other bands were very hot. I was collecting Koffi's albums for likeness sake and did appreciate all of it in total.

When I loaded Etage Ya Suka, Golden Star,V12, etc. I was shocked! This guy has been playing his classics live and I didn't even realize it.

This has made me appreciate Koffi more

Congolese Music / Archos insight video posts
« on: August 20, 2013, 22:11 »
Archos, you do wonderful work with the inside scoop of what is happening from KIN and the musicians with their fans. However, some of the clips are not explained. Someone like me don't hear Lingala or French at all, so it will be nice to let us know what is being said with the clips.

By the way, with is Makambo, Ndombolo, Munene LOL!

Congolese Music / How does Werrason band stand today?
« on: August 02, 2013, 22:53 »
In terms of Werrsaon's line up, who is in and who is out since Malewa album as far as the band members are concerned? I lost the line up on who is who a long time ago about his line-up. How is the Sate-lite +2 album doing. Is there any plan for him to tour Europe?

Congolese Music / Please change the background of this forum
« on: August 02, 2013, 22:43 »
EMO, please can you change the background of this forum. i like it white sheet and black lettering. I find it hard to read. Also my difital devices; iPhone, iPod touch, iPad2, iPad4 cannot display the lettering correctly. I use it to access this site more than PC.

Archos, anyone? Can you give us any update on Koffi exiting the music scene?

Congolese Music / Where is PAPA PC Mpondolo?
« on: July 24, 2013, 22:17 »
Has PAPA PC Mpondolo joined yet? I like to see his mortif or that famos GIF of his - drop that bottom. LOL!

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