DRC’s rhumba veteran Koffi Olomide is back to add a 13th career album to his formidable list of achievements. Let me back up a bit for those who may be strangers to this star entertainer. While I first heard his sublime baritone in the 90s, Koffi, born Antoine Christophe Mumba in the tropical woodland city of Kisangani, has been at his trade since the late seventies. He started out doing a sort of apprenticeship in the band of another globally renowned Congo singer, Papa Wemba. A couple of years later, in 1986, Koffi put together his own band, the Quartier Latin, which now marks its 30th year together. Over the years he perfected his own brand of rhumba dubbed soukous and amassed a huge following across Africa and in Europe.
He might be 38 years deep into his illustrious career but it’s not too late to fall in love with this multiple award-winning. In fact you’re just in time to receive his latest opus ‘13ème Apôtre‘ or ’13th Apostle’. Instead of wondering who the other twelve are, get a load of the new video for the song ‘Cobetox’. Lending his silky alto to the song is Ferré Gola, one of Koffi’s proteges from the Quartier Latin band. It is a fluid, relaxing composition delivered in his native Lingala language. You might not get every word but you can draw conclusions from the clip as you let the rich vocals and docile instrumental seduce you into submission.
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