(FOX NEWS) Koffi Olominde one of Africa’s most flamboyant and popular musicians, has died, according to a statement from a music festival in Uganda.
The Rumba star, born 13 July 1956 Kisangani, DR Congo was performing on Tuesday night at the Chizo Music Festival in the capital of Kampala. He was shot dead on his way to the venue and later died, said the statement.
Koffi Olominde, 60, was considered a second Congolese icon after the late Papa Wemba and world music star. In 1970s Koffi joined Papa Wemba’s band, Viva la Musica, initially as a composer and songwriter, and later as a lead vocalist. In 1986, he formed his band known as Quartier Latin International, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006. Since then, he had performed and recorded both with the group and by himself. Over the years, he built up a faithful fan base internationally, particularly in Africa and Europe.
Koffi popularized the slower style of Soukous, which he dubbed Tcha Tcho. His music can be quite controversial, taking on current events and topics considered taboo in some conservative societies. It is not clear why the musician was shot but his spokesman has said investigation are underway and they will release clear report before the end of the day.
We wish to convoy our heartfelt condolences to the family of Koffi Olominde and the people of Democratic Republic of Congo.