Koffi Olomide Docked For Assault

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Koffi
Olomide, one of Africa’s most popular singers, has been given a three-month
suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer.
The
rumba star, 56, was arrested after a fracas last Wednesday at a hotel in
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sources
say the courtroom was packed to see the star, who leads the Quartier Latin
band.
Olomide,
this year denied charges of raping three of his dancers in France.

The
altercation with his producer, Diego Lubaki, was over a debt of 3,000 euros
($3,680, £2,345), the court heard.

Mr
Lubaki said he wanted to drop the charges, but the judge continued the trial.
“He
wanted to withdraw charges in favour of social peace and peace between him and
the one he calls his ‘big brother’,” one of his lawyers is quoted by the AFP
news agency as saying.
The
court convicted Olomide of assault and battery but acquitted him of malicious
destruction to property, after the hotel room door was damaged in the fight.
The
music he plays is known as “soukous”, which comes from the French word secouer,
meaning to shake, and its dancers are renowned for their erotic moves.
Like
other Congolese musicians, he is known for his extravagant lifestyle and flashy
outfits. Born in 1956, he won a scholarship to do a maths degree in France. On
his return to the then-Zaire, he joined the band of musician Papa Wemba,
initially as a songwriter. He later struck out on his own and in the 1980s his
soukous style gained popularity around Africa and he has won several Kora All
Africa Music Awards.
However,
his career has not been without controversy and the raunchy performances of
some of his songs have been banned in some countries. He sang in support of DR
Congo’s President Joseph Kabila during the 2006 election campaign, angering
many of his fans in the opposition.
Olomide
has battled to hold successful tours in Europe since then, as opposition
supporters reportedly disrupt his concerts.

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