Koffi Olo­mide re­turns to Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Editor

AFTER be­ing teased by Fally Ipupa last month, lo­cal rhumba mu­sic lovers will be in for the real deal in Au­gust when an­other Con­golese souk­ous singer — Koffi Olo­mide re­turns to Zim­babwe for a show in the cap­i­tal.

While the date and venue for the show is still be­ing kept in the bag, the mu­si­cian who wowed many at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Car­ni­val in 2015, has con­firmed the trip.

In a video drop re­leased at the week­end, the DRC artiste said he was ex­cited to be re­turn­ing to Zim­babwe.

“My broth­ers and sis­ters in Harare, you know me, I miss you. A long time with­out you is a very big prob­lem, so now, I’ll be back in Harare. I missed you a lot,” said Koffi in the video.

While not much in­for­ma­tion has been shared, the show is set to take place in Harare in Au­gust.

This show could not have come at a bet­ter time as rhumba mu­sic is cur­rently play­ing pop­u­lar in Harare.

The news of Koffi’s im­mi­nent visit has been re­ceived with so much ex­cite­ment from rhumba mu­sic fans — both old and young sim­ply be­cause the mu­si­cian who turns 62 to­mor­row ap­peals to all age groups. With sev­eral gold records in his ca­reer, Koffi’s mu­sic has been evolv­ing over the years. For the older gen­er­a­tion, Koffi re­minds them of the Kanda Bongo Man and Alain Kounkou era while for the younger ones, tracks such as Ny­ataquance, Ef­frakata and most re­cently Tshou Tshou are their favourites.

Most though have sug­gested that the pro­moter of the event take notes from Fally Ipupa’s con­cert that was held at the HICC re­cently. Fally — a prod­uct of Koffi failed to fill up the HICC — some­thing most felt was be­cause of the clash of the show with the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

Also, the lineup was not en­tic­ing as most artistes, es­pe­cially Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi were misplaced and did not com­ple­ment the main act of the night. As such, most peo­ple who at­tended the event left feeling short-changed. In or­der to avoid this, the pro­moter may want to have a line-up of high en­ergy artistes. Alick Mach­eso who shared the stage with Koffi in Harare in 2015 cer­tainly needs to be in­cluded as his sun­gura mu­sic goes hand in hand with Koffi’s souk­ous.

Kof­fifi Olo­mide

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