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This post showcases five videos by Congolese vocalist Koffi Olomide. These videos range from 2006 to 2012. Information about Koffi Olomide is included in this post. Information about Soukous music is also included in this post.
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INFORMATION ABOUT KOFI OLOMIDE
"Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, also known as Koffi Olomide (Friday, July 13, 1956), is a DR Congolese soukous singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He is also known by a multitude of other names and aliases.
He was born in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His father is Congolese (Gbandi tribe from Equateur region) and his mother was born from a Sierra-Leone father and a Congolese mother (Songye tribe from Kasaï region). According to the ethnic custom of his Sierra-Leone grand father, his mother named him 'Koffi' because he was born on a Friday. 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.
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...
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 2001-2002, 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". This led to the establishment of one of his many aliases as the 'Quadra Kora Man'...
Koffi, who mostly refers to himself as Mopao... Mopao is the undisputed king of romantic rhumba. Not only that, he is one of Africa's biggest musicians today."
INFORMATION ABOUT SOUKOUS MUSIC
"Soukous is a genre of dance music that originated from African rumba music of the Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1940s and gained popularity throughout Africa.
Soukous is known as Congo in West Africa and Lingala in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania after the Lingala language of the lyrics. In Zambia and Zimbabwe, where Congolese music is also influential, it is still usually referred to as Rumba.
Soukous", a derivative of the French word secousse - " to shake" - was originally the name of a dance popular in the Congos in the late 1960s, an African version of the Cuban Rumba. From the 1940s Afro-Cuban son groups such as Septeto Habanero and Trio Matamoros had been played over Radio Congo Belge in Léopoldville (Kinshasa) and the Congo shared the widespread poplarity of Cuban music during the late 1940s and 1950s."...
The fast soukous music currently dominating dance floors in central, eastern and western Africa is called soukous ndombolo, performed by Dany Engobo, Awilo Longomba, Aurlus Mabele, Koffi Olomide and groups like Extra Musica and Wenge Musica among others.
The hip-swinging dance to the fast pace of soukous ndombolo has come under criticism amid charges that it is obscene. There have been attempts to ban it in Mali, Cameroon and Kenya. After an attempt to ban it from state radio and television in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2000, it became even more popular. In February, 2005 ndombolo music videos in the DR Congo were censored for indecency, and video clips by Koffi Olomide, JB M'Piana and Werrason were banned from the airwaves."
(These videos are posted in chronological order by the date of their posting on YouTube with the oldest video posted first.)
Example #1: Koffi Olomide-Moudoungou
bberlinn, Uploaded on Dec 31, 2006
Danger De Mort 2006: Koffi Olomide & Quartier Latin
Example #2: Insecticide - Koffi olomide
KSF Kasaflo Uploaded on Jan 15, 2007
La vidéo de ferré insecticide dans danger de mort
Example #3: Koffi Olomide [Fally Ipupa] - Effervescent
InfernoGroupe Uploaded on Dec 15, 2010
Effrakata - 2002
Example #4Congo - KOFFI OLOMIDE GENERIQUE DE FORCE DE FRAPPE / DJ OMEGA BP EN HD & 3D
djomegadt Uploaded on Jan 1, 2011
Congo - Album Force de Frappe
Example #5: Congo - Koffi Olomide - Abracadabra - Jeune Pato - © Google Play
Seka Moke, Published on Apr 25, 2012
Congo - Koffi Olomide - Abracadabra - Jeune Pato - © Google Play
Thanks to Koffi Olomide for his musical legacy. Thanks also to all those featured in these videos, to the producers of these videos, and to their publishers on YouTube.
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