Thursday April 24 2014

Lingala star Koffi Olomide to perform tonight

Photo By Michael Kakumirizi

Photo By Michael Kakumirizi 

By Abdulaziizi K. Tumusiime

Koffi Olomide, the Congolese lingala maestro will perform tonight at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Proceeds from the concert is meant to fund the establishment of Uganda’s first private blood bank.

Mr Olomide flew in the country on Wednesday aboard Kenya Airways and started preparing for the show immediately.

Dressed in a sharp suit, with eyes covered by black shades, Mr Olomide was received at the arrival lounge by Joyous Rotarians.
Silk Events, the organisers of Olomide’s Red Music Concert have asked Ugandans to brace themselves for a thrilling experience. The concert starts at 6pm.

Mr Moses Opolot, the spokesperson of the events management agency, said Mr Olomide will surpass expectations to give his fans their money’s worth.
“We received Olomide’s demands in terms of nature, capacity and sound of the equipment to be used.

We are offering more than he asked for,” Mr Opolot said. “There will be a difference and a surprise in the design of the stage. Previously, we have been using 12 by nine metres stages but this time round we have a bigger one of measuring 15 by 12 metres.”

By press time the stage, sound, security, and other equipment for a successful concert had been set at the venue in Lugogo, and sound testing was going on.

Ms Ruth Kavuma, president of the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssesse Island, who led the welcoming team said the 57-year-old’s arrival was a great relief to the organisers and music fans. “We expected him in the country on Tuesday but unfortunately, he did not make it. But now Ugandans should have no doubt that the music show on Friday (today evening) will emerge as the year’s best,” she said.

The France-based musician was invited into the country by Rotary Uganda. Mr Emmanuel Katongole, the governor Rotary District 9211, said Shs350m has so far been raised for construction of the bank.

Olomide’s music became popular on the local scene because of the nature of his dance-jerking music plus the nubile and waist-wiggling ladies that featured in his music videos. He was one of the many Congolese Soukous artistes whose music dominated the local airwaves during the 90s. He is a recipient of a couple of awards such as the Kora Award for “The Best African Artist of The Decade”.