Congolese rumba legend Koffi Olomidé doesn’t mention a name in his songs for nothing. To have your name dedicated in a verse of « Grand Mopao », you have to meet certain conditions. You have to be a close relative or rich. For the promotion, you have to pay between 200 and 300 thousand euros (131 million to 197 million FCFA).
The interplanetary artist who has marked several generations, Koffi Olomidé, knows how to make money and in the most legal way. Indeed, beyond concerts, album sales and views recorded on digital platforms, the Congolese rumba legend takes advantage of his fame by making dedications for certain personalities in the various songs, making a nice fortune. The latter would pay him between 200 and 300 thousand euros (131 to 197 million FCFA).
« In general, I don’t take money for people whose names I mention in my songs, because it’s the oval office, that is to say the family, I do it for pleasure. On the other hand, for people who ask me to quote their names to promote them, they pay and can pay from 200 to 300 thousand euros (between 131 to 197 million FCFA), » he said. But he also recalled that he is used to doing it often, without any order and without taking money.
Considered a legend in his own right in African music, with a career spanning nearly five decades, 64-year-old Koffi Olomidé is the first black African artist to play and fill the mythical Bercy hall and one of 12 musical artists from the continent, the only Congolese, to have been listed in the 1001 albums you must listen to before you die. In total, he recorded 28 studio albums, 7 of which were signed with the « Quartier Latin », one in collaboration with Papa Wemba (who died on 24 April 2016 in Abidjan following an illness on stage, editor’s note) and 18 live albums for a total of over 300 songs.
His work earned him 7 Kora Awards, including 4 in 2002 for his album « Effrakata ». He launched his own label « Koffi Central », in 2013, and published, on October 13, 2015, 13th Apostle, a quadruple album of forty songs that he declares to be the last album of his career, before coming back a little later with « Nyataquance et Legende ».ne dedication!