By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
Congolese rhumba star Fally Ipupa is billed to perform in Harare for the first time on May 26 as part of his world tour.
Fally’s show is being promoted by businessman Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure, who in April hosted Nigerian star Davido for the much-hyped “30 Billion Dollar Concert”.
And now the “Original” hit-maker is scheduled to perform at the Harare International Conference Centre, the same venue where Davido drew large crowds despite the violence that rocked the gig.
Fally is no fluke when it comes to gigs and, in fact, he is touted as one of the best dancers in the genre.
His sexy moves delight not just the female fans but also male fans.
The Koffi Olomide protégé might not be popular to the uninitiated, but his credentials cannot be questioned as he has managed to ascertain his artistry on the international scene.
Rhumba fans are familiar with some of his hits that include “Sexy Dance”, “Jupka”, “Nyokalessé”, “Hustler is Back”, “Orgasy” and “Anissa”. He has also collaborated with other global stars like R. Kelly, Olivia, 2 Face, Salif Keita, Flavour, J. Martins and DJ Arafat, to name a few.
Fally will be supported by Oliver Mtukudzi, Juntal and Diamond Musica, a local rhumba group as well as several other acts among them DJ Ray Dizz, Selekta Base, Royal DJs and Trilll Angel.
Fally was born Fally Ipupa N’simba on December 14, 1977.
He is singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, guitarist and producer. From 1999 until 2006, he was a member of Quartier Latin International, the music band formed in 1986 by Koffi Olomide.
His first solo album was “Droit Chemin” released in 2006, which went on to sell over 100,000 units and his second album, Arsenal de Belles Melodies (A2BM), was released in 2009.
In 2007, Fally won the Kora Awards for Best Artist or group from Central Africa.
In 2010, Fally won the MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 for Best Video (for Sexy Dance) and Best Francophone Artist. He won the urban awards for best African artist.
Fally was nominated in the Best Live Act category at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014. He released an album named Power “Kasa Leka” in 2013. Fally, who is also a noted guitar player, connected with audiences stateside with “Chaise Electrique”, a bilingual love song featuring former G-Unit singer, Olivia.
In 2006, he released his first solo album Droit Chemni produced by David Monsoh Obouo of Music (known for his work with great names of African music such as Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, DJ Arafat, Douk Saga and JetSet.
He collaborated with Maddy Munan, Krys, Makobe of 113 and Ben J of Neg ‘Marrons, including songs like “Liputa”, “Orgasy” and “Sopeka” emerging in the DRC and other parts of Africa. Its success is evident when he got a gold record for having sold more than 100,000 copies.
Fally received numerous awards and nominations: he won Césaire music male artist of the gear in Paris, two Black Music Awards for Male Artist of the Year, Best clip in Benin, Male Artist of the year in Ivory Coast.
He was nominated in the category “Best Soukous Entertainer” to IRAMWA awards in the United States and best artist in Central Africa at the Kora Awards.
His successful solo career was started there; which involved concerts, tours and lectures. On 7 April 2007 the artist performed at the Olympia in Paris.
With his solo success, Fally had no plans to return to Quartier Latin International. However, in numerous interviews, he has admitted that he will always be part of the band. Koffi Olomide has not been happy that Fally continues to mention the band’s name while promoting his own productions.