Monday, January 16, 2012

Tunnel Vision: Koffi Olomide's new album "Abracadabra" draws fire from pro-Tshisekedi goons

If soukouss star Koffi Olomide thought his new album aptly titled "Abracadabra" would be "an incantation used to ward off calamity" (Webster's), he has since no doubt put paid to that goosey notion. Pro-Tshisekedi goons are irked--nay, maddened--by Olomide for joining the presidential PPRD party and for his campaign hit song on behalf of Joseph Kabila.

On January 7, the date of the release of "Abracadabra" in Paris, pro-Tshisekedi supporters threatened to burn down the entire city block housing African music shops if these dared to put on their shelves the accursed CD.

In Kinshasa, where the launch of the album was preceded by a costly massive citywide billboard campaign, the official release of the album took place on Saturday, January 14, at the "Salon Congo" of the Grand Hôtel, with Olomide's press conference. Even at this secure venue, Olomide had to weather a vicious verbal assault by a reporter from the opposition press who went through a litany of the musician's alleged malfeasance: his "flight" from France to avoid a criminal investigation, and more importantly, his "flattery" of Kabila!

All these incidents evince the parlous state of democratic practice in the Congo. How, for instance, these supposed personal woes of Olomide are correlated with the artistic merits of "Abracadabra" could only be explained by a misunderstanding of politics in the damaged minds of pro-Tshisekedi's hoidlums. In which tunnel vision is well entrenched: either you are with Jean-Pierre Bemba (2006)/Tshisekedi (now) or we beat allegiance out of you!! Politics engaging the total being: either you are with us or you die!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are so pathetic.

Anonymous said...

your posts are abracadabratesque!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said! It's a sad state of affairs to see Congolese nationals protest up and down the world for something they have no basic understanding of... (And they wonder why Europeans are not reactin to their pathetic pleas). Seriously, these so-called combattant who are disgracing our people all over the world, need to come off state benefits, get an education and try to do something a lottle more useful with their lives. We need to be showcasing our musicians and supporting them. Not trying (in vain, I might add) to kill their careers. Koffi, for one, is a bery talented artist who has put Congo on the map and that is something we should be proud of! What goes on in his personal life is quite frankly none of our business!

Anonymous said...

Well said! It's a sad state of affairs to see Congolese nationals protest up and down the world for something they have no basic understanding of... (And they wonder why Europeans are not reacting to their pathetic pleas). Seriously, these so-called combattants who are disgracing our people all over the world, need to come off state benefits, get an education and try to do something a little more useful with their lives. We need to be showcasing our musicians and supporting them. Not trying (in vain, I might add) to kill their careers. Koffi, for one, is a very talented artist who has put Congo on the map and that is something we should be proud of! What goes on in his personal life is quite frankly none of our business!

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