Popular Congolese (Congo Kinshasa) music superstar whose music genre has rocked and is still rocking Nigeria since the end of the Nigerian civil war is in the news for the wrong reason.
Photo: Koffi Olomide (2nd from left) kicking female dancer at JKIA
The Soukous or its milder or softer brand of African music, Makosa, is very popular in Nigeria. This kind of African music was called the Congo Music in the 1960s’ Nigeria especially in the southeastern part of Nigeria. After the Nigeria-Biafra war this African sound gained more acceptance and ascendancy as Soukous (as it came to be known) hit the Nigerian music scene.
An earlier Congo music superstar, OK Jazz, and other Congo music entertainers hit the Nigerian radio waves before others like Koffi Olomide’s brand of Soukous, which hit Nigeria’s audio/visual media with many Nigerian dancers performing the Soukous (or Makosa) in many Nigerian cities including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Aba, Onitsha, Abuja etc.
One of these Soukous exponents, Koffi Olomide, has been arrested after he was caught on video assaulting one of his female dancers.
The female dancer was kicked in the stomach by Olomide at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet ordered Olomide’s arrest after the video was brought to his attention.
Olomide was arrested on Friday night, after a live interview with a top TV station.
The 60-year-old Congolese soukous singer and dancer, accompanied by his wife and a group of dancers, landed at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport and in the short video, he was seen approaching the group of dancers before viciously kicking one of them in the belly for arguing with his wife.