Born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo to a Congolese mother and Ghanaian father, Koffi grew up in Kinshasa.
He went to France to study , while in Paris, he began playing the guitar and writing songs. On his return to Congo he was a member of Viva la Musica, Papa Wemba's band. Koffi repopularized the slower style of soukous, which had fallen out of fashion. He dubbed this style Tcha Tcho, and it gained popularity outside Congo. Koffi's music can be quite controversial, taking on current events and topics considered taboo in some conservative societies. He has also participated in the salsa music project Africando.
by Koffi Olomidé
"L'homme est petit (eh!)
Dieu est grand tout le monde le sais"
Oya mbuta muntu Filibert
mesana kobenga petite momi
kobenga petite momi
kobenga petite moto
yaka awa yaka na kabela yo nzimbu eh
yaka na kabela yo mbongo mama
Aller quand petite momi viendra, Filibert akosani maladie
Nani atindaki yo, yo olia biloko
yo okomi kudila nga muana eh Yezu
Ya male woo, ya male wo wo eh
ya male mama ma ya male mama
yanga yibila nga yibila nga yibila muana eh
Ye abeta Zenith, Olympia, Bercy tomona ba corriga te
Makundile ye tobina libondas wo wo wo
tuzola nge kaku wena...
Le grand Mopao mokonzi be songanzila ehh
kou boloko ka bélé ka chiri n'samu wa ngolo ko, ku mputu mpé ka tukiri ka wa lunga
ko wa ba... Rata dia yika na mbulu-mbulu mbo ka yayana ntia ba n'shimba
kuba yayaya yo
Contributed by Jacob G. Suggest a correction in the comments box.