Popular Congolese Rhumba musician Koffi Olomide has angered many with his recent arrival to Nairobi, Kenya ahead of his Saturday performance.
The superstar was seen exiting Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when suddenly Olomide allegedly assaulted a woman, one of his dancers. The entire altercation, caught on video, which has now gone viral, shows police and Olomide’s team trying to calm him down.
Speaking French and Lingala in a video he later put up on his Facebook account, he said he respects women, loves women and would never do anything to disrespect a woman. Olomide goes on to explain that there were too many people and members of the press crowding him and his team. As a result, he had to defend them.
Cindy Le Coeur, a recording artist, singer, and dancer from the Congolese band Quartier Latin International, formed and led by Olomide, also weighed in on the unfolding controversy and corroborated his explanation. She explains that she saw a member of the press and saw a former member of Quartier Latin International speaking to one of his dancers, and Olomide then tried to protect them.
In French, Cindy says “Contrary to what you may think, Koffi is not a bad person.”
Olomide is in Kenya for a concert at Bomas of Kenya scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016.