The legendary Congolese rumba singer, dancer and composer Koffi Olomide, with several gold albums to his credit, launches his first U.S. tour in 20 years with a New York City show at Webster Hall on Nov. 5. He'll continue his tour with dates in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, LA, Seattle, and Montreal. See below for details.
You can win a pair of free tickets to Koffi's NYC concert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by this Monday morning.
According to Koffi's U.S. manager Yves Tshimanga, this will be Koffi's last tour as he prepares, at the tender age of 66, to launch a career in politics! So this could be your first and last chance to see Koffi Olomide and his full band in action. Expect a friendly, mainly diaspora audience who will be happy to show you their dance moves. By the way, Afropop's Sean Barlow has fond memories of first seeing Koffi do his thing at 3 a.m. at an open air night club in Kinshasa in 1985 when the party went jusqu'a l'aube "until dawn." Ah yes, Kinshasa, that most musically magic city in the heart of Africa!
Tickets are modestly priced around $55 and go up to $250 if you want to do a meet-and-greet with Koffi.
Go to lenoirnyc.com to buy tickets for all
*New York/Webster Hall/11.5
*Los Angeles/Globe Theater L.A./11.27
And for you rumba/soukous lovers, check out our just-released tribute on YouTube of another Congo favorite with "Remembering Papa Wemba" (1949-2016). You'll hear Papa Wemba, one of the greatest and most influential African singers of the last 50 years, in his own words plus expert commentary by our friend and colleague African art historian Lubangi Muniania.
The Afropop crew will be dancing Kinois style at Koffi's NYC show on Nov. 5. Hope to see you there! Join us!