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Posted by African Press International on January 18, 2010

It is not difficult to figure out why detractors who started rumours about Congolese crooner Koffi Olomides death would want to step into his shoes. On Saturday, he held a press conference to dispel those rumours. Photo/ FILE

It is not difficult to figure out why detractors who started rumours about Congolese crooner Koffi Olomides death would want to step into his shoes. On Saturday, he held a press conference to dispel those rumours. Photo/ FILE

ByAMOS NGAIRAPostedSunday, January 172010at20:00

In Summary

  • Emotional Congolese crooner holds press conference to dispel rumours of his death

For mercurial Congolese crooner Koffi Olomide, the last week is one he would he like to forget in a hurry; it was the week he was presumed dead.

On Saturday, an emotional Olomide came out to clear the air. He held a 15 minute televised press conference in Kinshasa. A Kenyan living in Kinshasa, Mr Robert Osano, said, Olomide fought back tears, but occasionally sobbed as he blamed his detractors for the rumours.

Olomide made it clear that at no time he had he been involved in a road accident as rumours had put it, Mr Osano said.

The interview transmitted via Canal Congo TV and hosted by Aisha Okoko from 9.30pm (Central African Time) was the great step in quelling the rumours, Mr Osano added.

Olomide also broke down as he talked of his ailing father who was abroad, and wondered why his detractors would start the rumours when his father needed moral support. His elder brother Johnny Ko lives in Paris too.

Olomides mother is a jewellery dealer at the Zando market in Kinshasa. She has all along stood by Olomide in his musical battles.

Next Sunday

Olomide assured his fans that he would launch his latest album on February 27, and also stage a major concert next Sunday at the Chez Bibi in Kinshasa.

In East Africa, rumours of his death have been doing the rounds on social networking sites and FM radio stations since Friday.

The 54-year-old musician, one of the most prolific composers, has all along been in good health, churning out numerous new titles, most of which have been posted on YouTube.

Close associates in DR Congo said tales of Olomides death made them ponder what could have sparked the rumour.

Before the interview, musician and producer Lofombo Gode, speaking to the Nation from Kinshasa, was among the first to confirm that Olomide was as fit as fiddle with his Quartier Latin band.

As far as Im concerned, nothing unusual happened to Koffi, he said.

In Nairobi, promoter Jules Nsana also confirmed having spoken to Olomide and said he would convene a press conference to clarify the matter.

Several of Olomides contemporaries, both in Kinshasa and Paris, also confirmed that he was well, among them Nyboma Mwandido and veteran former Afrisa International guitarist Dino Vangu. Nyboma earlier spoke to Olomides elder brother Johnny Ko who also dispelled the rumours.

The rumours were similar to those last year when some radio and TV stations falsely claimed the death of veteran musician Tabu Ley. Tabu Ley is recuperating in Paris from a mild stroke in July 2008.

Controversy has never ceased to dog Olomide, whose real name is Antoine Agpeba. He has often fallen foul of the DRC government over some lyrics, but this only enhanced his popularity.

Olomide, who won four Kora awards, appears to rival the recording prowess of the legendary Franco (Luambo Luanzo Makiadi), the man who straddled the Congolese music scene like a colossus for three decades before he died in Belgium in 1989.

Koffi excels at choreography, with well-tailored outfits for his singers and dancers. He popularised skimpy, figure-hugging outfits for female dancers. His biggest hits include Andrada, Monde Arabe, Loi, Effrakata and Ultimatum.

His versatile band has served as the training ground for many. It has about 20 members, including immensely talented female dancers and singers.

Olomide is reputed to be among DRCs wealthiest and most educated, with a degree in economics from France.

engaira@nation.co.ke

source.nation.ke

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7 Responses to “”

  1. Darlington Eze Chulkwudi said

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    October 16, 2011 at 04:31 48

    please let no one bring up this rumor about koffi am a Nigerian koff olomide is my idol
    i love and cherish him so much , his dressing , music, dancer infact i love makossa
    because of him and i can dance it very well let no man play with African music icon please

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  2. Darlington said

    please let no one bring up this rumor about koffi am a Nigerian koff olomide is my idol
    i love and cherish him so much , his dressing , music, dancer infact i love makossa
    because of him and i can dance it very well let no man play with African music icon please

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  3. Your time has not come, keep doing what you know how to do best. Your degree is not the way but God gift which is music. MBA maths no way. Music YES. You will see your grand grand children. Dont mind them.
    You are the Star of your time. Koffi Olomide

    Your friend in Nigeria
    Tunde Adejumo

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  4. john chimbala said

    you are the best artist,live long

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  5. Anonymous said

    MY BEST MAN IN MUSIC WORLD . ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE TO ME, I KNOW THAT EVERYONE WILL DIE BUT YOU LIVE TO MAKE MUCH BRIGHTER DAY TO HUMAN RACE.

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  6. Trico said

    who are these stupid people spreading such news????. how can you wish death to the King Mopao? had I known you, I would have personaly taken it up with you directly in an effort to understand your motive..

    Dear Koffi do not worry God is with you, I am addicted to your music and love you so much. Keep doing the good job.

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  7. Alex Mwema said

    i crying when i heard that koffi is dead . by the way who brought that news ? i think koffi you have sue the guy who brght the sad news

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