One of Africa’s most gifted artists when it comes to not just music but also academics, Koffi Olomide obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He is also reported to hold a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris.
Born on Friday 13 July 1956, in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. His mother named him Koffi because he was born on a Friday.
Musically, his return to the Congo in the 1970s Koffi joined Papa Wemba’s band, Viva la Musica, initially as a composer and songwriter, and later as a lead vocalist. In 1986, he formed his band known as Quartier Latin, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006.
He is credited as the man behind the success of many notable artists including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola.
Here is our Koffi Olomide playlist pick!
The 2015 hit blew the world as Koffi captured the phenomenon of selfie and selfie sticks that was by then the in-thing. To many of his recent fans, this is ultimately the track that won his young audience.
This 2016 track saw Koffi bring on board his student, Ferre Gola.
Anyone whose parents were Koffi Olomide’s die hard knows this track. It is perhaps one of the most played tracks of Koffi Olomide in Nairobi.
You grew up in Africa if your parents saved money to go see Koffi in Nairobi. This was the era of Ndombolo ya solo!
The dancer on this track! Just watch it.