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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Koffi Olomide!

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By Dan B. Atuhaire

koffi olamideKoffi Olomide will be in Kampala this month for a number of charity activities and a music concert. He will be the headlining artiste at a charity concert organised by Rotary Uganda. Here’s a few facts about the singer.

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1) Koffi Olomide is 57 Years Old. He was born Christophe Antoine Agbepa Mumba, to a Congolese father and Sierra Leone mother on 13 July 1956.

2) The name Koffi was given to him in line with the common West African naming tradition (Sierra Leone, Ghana) in relation to the day of the week one is born. Koffi is one of the names given to boys born on Friday.

Popular male names for the other weekdays are: Kojo(Monday), Komla(Tuesday), Kwaku(Wednesday), Yao(Thursday), Kwame(Saturday) and Kwasi(Sunday)

3) Koffi Olomide is a proud holder of a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Economics. He also has a Masters’ Degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris.

4) He started his music career with Papa Wemba’s band, Viva la Musica, initially as a composer and song-writer, and later as a vocalist and lead-singer.

5) The name Olomide was coined during his time at Viva La Musica. Koffi was such an impressive songwriter that one day in 1977 Papa Wemba exclaimed, “Ooh! l’homme idee” (Oh! the idea-man!). A funkier version of the words was adopted – Olomide. Koffi Olomide would later become his official stage name.

6) Koffi Olomide went solo in 1986, forming his own band that he called Quartier Latin. He does a unique genre, a slower style of soukous that he calls Tcha Tcho.

7) Koffi won four Kora Awards at the annual Kora Awards in South Africa in 2002 for his effort on the album: Effrakata. These included the award for Best African Artist, which he had earlier won in 1998.

8) Koffi mainly lives in France, and is married with seven children. His children have a unique naming convention: Aristote, Elvis, Miss Universe, Nike, Rocky, Del pirlo Mourinho and Saint James Rolls.

9) In August 2012, Koffi Olomide was found guilty of assaulting his producer. Earlier on, in the same year he had been charged with raping three of his dancers. The charges were later dropped.

10) Koffi Olomide probably holds the record for the biggest number of aliases by any musician in the world. He is known by a total of at least 35 names. Known names include the following;

Makila Mabe [which literally means “bad blood” or unlucky child] he was born very sickly. Others include: Papa Plus; Tcha – Tcho , Eza Mayi , Papa Top, Mukulu Kulu, Effrakata, Fololo Papa, Papa Happiness , Rapid Intervention Force, Golden Star, World No. 1 , Quadra Kora Man, Grand Mopao, Mopao Mokonzi, MM, High Priest Mother, Nzambe Ya Ba Na Africa Golden Ball, BB Taste, Favorite Dish, Na Didi Papa, Papa Mourinho, Mopao Sarkozy, Pape Noir, Barack Obama, Young Pato, Guardiola, La Rambo Du Congo, Central Market, Acram – Oje, Zando Ya Munene, Pure Again, Patrão Cinco Estrelas[Portuguese for 5-Star Boss], Koffi Central, Treizième Apôtre[Thirteenth Apostle].

Koffi courted controversy after he attempted to add Pape Noir (Black Pope) to his numerous names, a move that did not go down well with the predominant catholic DR Congo fraternity.

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Beenie Gunter strikes again in double releases

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Gun Talk singer Beenie Gunter seems to habe started a new serie of his career. Going by his new momentum, the singer is on a music release rampage. Beenie Gunter has released two songs and also pledges that will be his way of releaseing music “Double release”

Beenie Gunter in his two releases has a single and a collabo featuring Lydia Jazmine. In No Letting go is another of the song song where fellow singer Jazmine is featured while Oliwa Dala is a solo project.

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Both projects are doing well and enjoying massive play. Talking to the singer, he said “Been working on this for years and I am ready to go now. Both videos will be shot next week”

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Bebe Cool Calls Off Kiwatule Show in Solidarity with Bobi Wine

According to sources Bebe Cool decided to call off his usual Easter proggie as a way of identifying with someone he mentored in the music industry.

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We have now established the actual reason why there won’t be an Easter show in Kiwatule this Monday.

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According to sources Bebe Cool decided to call off his usual Easter proggie as a way of identifying with someone he mentored in the music industry.

“Bebe Cool doesn’t want unfair competition. He wants to hold shows again after Bobi Wine has been allowed to resume his concerts. So he decided not to have an Easter Monday in Kiwatule,” says a source.

Bebe Cool performing in February 2019

If this indeed the reason why Bebe Cool didn’t organize this show then wonders are not about to stop.

Meanwhile Uganda Police says it is not yet in position to provide security at Bobi Wine’s concert. “How can you abuse the police and claim the country is unstable yet still want to have a concert in an unstable country?” a police officer wondered.

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Photo: Forget Diamond Platnumz, Zari has a new man

I build my men, I’m not the type that takes, I’m the type that looks at what we have and consider how we can double or triple the blessings. – Zari

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Continental socialite, Zari Hassan, has been quiet for sometime about her love life but she has decided to let it known who keeps her awake at night following her bitter breakup with Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz.

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According to the 38-year-old mother of 5, she has found a new man who accepts her the way she is and appreciates every bit of her.

Zari revealed to her fans on Instagram that she has found the one despite what people say about her. She said the man’s name is Mr M(not revealing so much at the moment) and that the two are happy.

Zari posted; I’ve been there before and it still doesn’t make any sense to me.
Yea I am weak, I need to accept, Wana know why? I give my all. I build my men, I’m not the type that takes, I’m the type that looks at what we have and consider how we can double or triple the blessings. With you I’ve learned so much, I appreciate life itself because of your humbleness. I always imagined my forever but didn’t have an idea what my forever looked like. 5 kids, other guys etc but you still found me the sexiest woman alive. Wooooo ain’t I so blessed🙏. I love you so much Mr M, it’s not the material things you shower me with, I’ve seen those and even bigger and better. But, its you, your heart, your whole being and how you make me and my kids feel. It takes alot of courage from YOU Mr M.. 5kids, 38, wow….. you Heaven sent babe, That said, I end here! I l you M😘”

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