Koffi Olomide
Koffi Olomide

Koffi Olomide

About Koffi Olomide

Inspired by the music of Tabu Ley Rochereau, Congolese soukous singer Koffi Olomide began playing guitar and composing songs while still in his teens.

∙ After earning a degree in math from the University of Paris, he returned to the Congo in the late ’70s and joined Papa Wemba’s band Viva La Musica as a songwriter and vocalist.
∙ In 1986, he founded the band Quartier Latin, whose ranks included such rising stars as Fally Ipupa, Bouro Mpela, and Roi Soleil Wanga during its three-decade run.
∙ Olomide rose to fame in the late ’80s for his slower, “Tcha Tcho” brand of soukous, which was credited with breathing new life into the Congo music scene.
Effrakata : Mopao Mokonzi, his popular 2001 solo album, won a record four KORA All Africa Music Awards, an achievement reflected by his nickname, Quadra Kora Man.
∙ In 2003, Quartier Latin won the KORA All Africa Music Award for Best African Group for their album Affaire d’état (Quadra Kora Man).
∙ He contributed guest vocals to “Ambiance Congo,” a 2018 track by Togo dance duo Toofan.

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