Koffi Olomide has become a member of the Alliance des Forces democratiques du Congo (AFDC) political party.
The king of Rumba, whose real name is Antoine Agbepa Mumba, is not the first musician to become a member of AFDC.
Noel Ngiama Makanda, known professionally as Werrason, joined the same party and contested in the legislative elections of 2018. He was not elected.
The leader of the AFDC party is Bahati Lukwebo, the current president of the Senate. Lukwebo defected from Joseph Kabila’s camp.
This is not Olomide’s first attempt at politics. A few years ago, he joined PPRD party.
The musician has previously shown interest in contesting for a senate seat and occasionally speaks on political and security issues in his country.
Olomide, 65, is still active in his music career and continues to perform in the DRC, Africa and even on European stages.
Two weeks back, Olomide was flown into Harare by flamboyant preacher Passion Java for a collaboration with recently resurrected Urban Grooves icon Roki Josphats. The songs, to be released soon under the Passion Java Records stable, are expected to propel Roki into regional music circles after he has taken a decade of sabbatical.
Meanwhile, Olomide will perform in Paris, France in November.
- The Nation / HOURLYHITS