Fally Ipupa Biography
Fally Ipupa is a Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, guitarist, and producer. He does Ndombolo, soukous, rumba, and R&B.
From 1999 until 2006, he was a member of Quartier Latin International, the music band formed in 1986 by Koffi Olomidé. 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, Ipupa won the Kora Awards for Best Artist or Group from Central Africa.
In 2010, Fally Ipupa 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.
Ipupa was nominated in the Best Live Act category at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014.He released an album named Power “Kosa Leka” in 2013. Ipupa, who is also a noted guitar player, connected with audiences stateside with “Chaise Electrique”, a bilingual love song featuring former G-Unit singer Olivia.
Fally Ipupa Age
Fally Ipupa N’simba was born on December 14, 1977. As of 2019, he is turning 42.
Fally Ipupa Family
Ipupa was born on 14th of december in 1977 in kinshasa and is the child of Monique Bolotuli Mbo and Faustin Ebombo Ipupa. Fally has his sister Niclette Ipupa in his group as a dancer,his brother Bony aka Bony Liston is his staff member, and his sister Tyna Ipupa is a businesswoman. Ipupa is also the nephew of Sylvie Mampata, Werrason’s wife.
Ipupa is the father of 4 children Marcossis and Keyna both born the same year from different mothers(as he was ending one relationship and offically starting another one),Vincenzo Jovelino and the last one Jayden and married to Nana aka Nana ketchup mother of Marcossis, Vincenzo and Jayden.
Fally Ipupa Wife
Nana Ketchup is the wife of Fally Ipupa
Fally Ipupa Children
Jayden Ipupa, Keyna Ipupa, Vincenzo Ipupa, Marcosins Ipupa are Fally Ipupa children
Fally Ipupa Early life
Fally Ipupa Nsimba was born on 14 December 1977 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a large family. Having been raised in a Catholic family, he began singing in the church choir. In adolescence, he began his musical career in various small groups in Kinshasa, and in the mid-1990s his voice attracted attention and he eventually joined local groups, including “New City” or “New Covenant”. In the late 1990s, he joined the nationally recognized “Latent Talent,” with whom he recorded his first album.
Quartier Latin International
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In the late 1990s, a key meeting sealed the beginning of a musical ascension, when he joined Quartier Latin International founded by Koffi Olomide. Ipupa became “conductor of the orchestra”. Ipupa included his composition “Eternelement” in the Force de frappe album. He was also known for duets with Koffi Olomide in Effrakata specially the track “Effervescent” in 2001. As with many other Congolese stars, the public liked to have nicknames for artists and soon he was called “Di Caprio”, “Anelka” and “The Great One”. With success in the orchestra, he also promoted his own solo projects including his own album Droit Chemin and Danger De Mort. He has been heavily involved in the planning of the commemoration of the band’s 30th anniversary, despite having quit the band in 2006.
Fally Ipupa Solo career
In 2006, he released his first solo album Droit Chemin 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 and throwing Douk Saga and JetSet. He collaborated with Maddy Munan, Krys, Mokobé of 113 and Ben J of Neg ‘Marrons, including songs like Liputa, Orgasy and Sopeka emerging in the DR Congo 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 to 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, Ipupa 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 Ipupa continues to mention the band’s name while promoting his own productions.
Arsenal de Belles Melodies “A2BM”
Three years after the release of Droit Chemin (Straight Path), Ipupa released a second album of 16 tracks called Arsenal De Belles Melodies (French for “arsenal of beautiful melodies”) acronymed as “A2BM.” It was the second album by Ipupa to be produced by David Monsoh. In this album, Olivia Longott , American singer (former member of G-Unit by 50 Cent ) was featured on the lead single Chaise Électrique and dancehall artist Krys was featured on ” Sexy Dance “for the second consecutive time after the success of “Droit Chemin Remix”. After the collaboration with singer Olivia, who has a huge fan base in Africa, Ipupa gained even more recognition in the continent and became one of Africa’s most sought after musicians.
He won his second gold drive through this album with over 100,000 copies sold, including 40,000 in one week, a record for a Congolese artist. On 16 May 2009, during “Creole Night”, an event organized by the group Kassav, Fally gives a moving performance and ignites the Stade de France filled with 90,000 people. The event also supported the group “LamusiK”. Fally and “LamusiK” worked on a project; “Young Star.” Fally booked a recital at the Zenith de Paris on 2 January 2010, bringing together more than 6,000 people.
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He has won numerous trophies, such as: 3 Ndule awards 2010 (“Best Album”, “Best Video” and “Best Song”), “Micro Gold”, “Best Artist Central Africa” in the Soundcity Music Video Awards (SMVA 2010), Double Mama in the MTV Africa Music Awards 2010, Best Francophone Artist, Best Music Video: “Sexy Dance”, four trophies in the Moamas Awards, two Okapi Awards 2011, appointed Nostalgies Music Awards 2012. He has also been nominated for numerous awards: MTV Europe Music Awards 2011, BET Awards 2011.
On Saturday 11 June 2011, he participated in the African Night at Stade de France with other African stars. He participated in solidarity with Haiti and Spread the Word.
Power “Kosa Leka” and World Power Version
In April 4, 2013, he launched into the market his third album Power “Kosa Leka” which contained 22 tracks. It was Ipupa’s last album to be produced by his now former producer and mentor David Monsoh. This album contained critically acclaimed songs such as “Bruce”, “Service”, “Terminator”, “1000% Mawa”, “Anissa”, “Skype”, “Love Assassin”, “Sony”, “Double Click” “Kosa Leka” “Hustler is Back “, the R&B and hip hop song Sweet Life (La vie est belle), Ndoki, Oxygen, among others.
Sweet Life (La vie est belle), is an R&B/ hip hop song, which is composed in a moderate tempo. It carries a stuttering beat which is accompanied by a slow-rolling and heavy bass-pumping groove with a guitar. The song marks the future musical direction of Ipupa. A mix of melodic Congolese rumba and hip hop, it features Ipupa as the hard worker and hustler speaking about living a sweet life. Sweet Life (La vie est belle)” Remix features Congolese Rapper Bigg masta G (Muana Mboka). The remix was posted by Ipupa, on his Facebook account.
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Ipupa also collaborated with Bigg masta G (Muana Mboka) on the “Ndoki” remix. The instrumental for the remix was modified and parts of Ipupa’s vocals was cut out of the song and replaced by Bigg masta G’s rap parts. The official cover of the remix shows a dramatic thrilling image with the word “Ndoki” between Ipupa and Bigg masta G. Congolese Rumba singer MJ30, Poison Mobutu & Mami Wata also made a remix of the song. On MJ30’s remix, Fally Ipupa’s vocals are completely excluded; instead, MJ30 herself sings the chorus.
The official video for the song “Ndoki” garnered more than 150,000 views on YouTube in less than a week (a record for a Congolese artist).His third album was deemed a success, seeing that it had sold over 30,000 copies in a month. May 14, 2013, Fally won the trophy for “Best African Artist” at the first edition of Trace Urban Music Awards.
Universal Music label signing
Ipupa signed a contract for three albums (World Version) in April 2013 with Universal (Label AZ), the largest record company in the world. This signified the steady rise in the encompassing of African music by the label. Of particular note is the featuring of American rapper, Eve, in the track “Sex’plosif”, during the show Guest Star Trace TV in February 2013.
Ipupa participated in MTV Africa All Stars with nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg), 2Face Idibia, Flavour, among others in front of over 15,000 spectators on 18 May 2013 at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. He also participated in the project “Doc Agric”, towards the development of good agricultural practices in Africa to ratings of several African artists D’banj and Tiken Jah Fakoly.
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On 5 May 2014, Ipupa posted his new title track “Original” on his Facebook page and YouTube channel. In the video, the singers Zouk Lynnsha and Fanny J are featured dancing to the song, as well as basketball player “OKC Thunder”‘s Serge Ibaka. This track includes scenes from Ipupa’s previous live shows in the African cities: Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Dakar, Douala, Abidjan, Luanda and others. The song’s rhythm highlights the folk style of African music, especially the Ecuador DRC music style. The song reached the milestone of 1 million views in three months on YouTube.
Fally Ipupa won the Best Artist category for Central Africa in the Afrimma Awards held in Dallas in July 2014. He then travelled to Washington DC as part of the US-Africa Summit meeting, for which President Obama had invited 47 African leaders for the period 4 to 6 August 2014. According to the White House, this meeting was convened in order to strengthen ties between Africa and the United States. A dozen African artists were selected to attend, including Fally Ipupa, the only invited artist from Central Africa.
Fally Ipupa Collaborations
- Droit Chemin (Remix) featuring Krys (2007)
- Viens On Va Danser featuring Mokobé and Princess Lover (2007)
- Malembé featuring Mokobé (2007)
- Orthotanasie featuring Celeo Scram (2008)
- Chaise Électrique featuring Olivia (2009)
- Noir Blanc featuring Barbara Kanam (2009)
- Sexy Dance featuring Krys (2009)
- Bye Bye featby Teeyah (2009)
- Lucille Kremer featuring Francis Lalanne (2010)
- Jungle remix featuring DJ Arafat (2010)
- Jukpa remix featuring Jeff Martins (2010)
- Tshobo featuring Meje 30 (2010)
- Hands Across the world One8 Project (2010)
- Merci Maman featuring Inoss’B (2010)
- Nakozonga featuring Lokua Kanza (2010)
- Pesa Nga Valeur Na Nga featuring Jean Goubald (2011)
- Papa Kele featuring Jeff Martins (2011)
- Kobosana Te featuring Lynnsha (2012)
- Dangerous featuring JK (2012)
- La Vie Sans Toi featuring. Loo Grant (2012)
- J’attend Mon Heure featuring. K.ommando Toxik and Roldan Orishas (2012)
- Kwarikwa remix featuring Flavour (2012)
- Mema Nga featuring Leila Chicot (2013)
- We The Best featuring D’Banj (2013)
- Full Option featuring Bisso na Bisso Passi (2013)
- I Like The Way You Move featuring D-Black (2013)
- C’Est Juste Toi Et Moi featuring Pauline Maserati (2013)
- Kitoko featuring Youssoupha (2013)
- A Little Sun featuring Cano, Patience & Dabany Jacob Desvarieux (2013)
- Sweet Life (La Vie Est Belle) remix featuring Bigg masta G (Muana Mboka) (2013)
- Dance Floor featuring Ce’Cile (Jamaica) Soon
- Dance Ensemble featuring Black Mesrimes (Sexion Assault) Soon
- Coco Chocolate na (One Agric) (2014)
- Famille featuring Lokua Kanza (2014)
- Ndoki Remix featuring Bigg masta G (Muana Mboka) (2014)
- Diaspora Woman featuring. 2face Idibia (2014)
- We Will Not Go featuring Salif Keita and Youssou Ndour (2014) (from the Original Motion Picture Virunga)
- Libre Parcours (album with his band F-Victeam) (2015)
- Fally Ipupa Albums
|Arsenal De Belles Melodies|
|Power “Kosa Leka”|
Fally Ipupa Singles
|Arsenal De Belles Melodies|
|Power “Kosa Leka“|
Fally Ipupa Awards and nominations
- 2006: Droit chemin went gold with over 100,000 copies sold.
- Trophée des Arts Afro-Caribbean
- Two black music awards for male artist of the year
- Best clip in Benin
- Male Artist of the Year in Côte d’Ivoire
- Named to International Reggae and World Music Awards: Best Soukous Entertainer
- In 2008, he won the award for best artist of the Central African Kora Awards
- In 2007, he won the Best Male Artist at African Césaire
- May 2009, it is the 5 th most searched personality on yahoo.fr
- 2009: Arsenal de belles melodies went platinum with over 1 million copies sold
- 3 Ndule Awards 2010 in the DRC (“Best Album”, “Best Video” and “Best Song”)
- “Golden Microphone”, “Best Artist Central Africa” to Soundcity Music Video Awards (SMVA 2010)
- Double Mama at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 (Best Francophone Artist and Best Music Video: “Sexy Dance”)
- Nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards 2011
- Nominated for BET Awards 2011 [Best International]
- 4 trophies to Moamas Awards
- 2 Awards 2011 Okapi in DRC
- Appointed Nostalgies Music Awards 2012
- “Best African Artist” in the first edition of Trace Urban Music Awards in 2013.
- All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA “Best Male Artist In Central Africa” 2014.
- Afrimma the winner in Dallas for Best Artist Central Africa
- Nominated for BET Awards 2015 [Best International]
- Afrimma the winner in Dallas for Best French Artist 2017 and Best video “Eloko Oyo”
- Nominated for BET Awards 2018 [Best International]
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Fally Ipupa: Is Ginimbi tempting fate?
By Andrew Moyo
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, rumba music was without doubt one of the biggest genres in Zimbabwe, with the sound and ndombolo dance style claiming a stake on local pop culture during that time.
The likes of Koffi Olomide, Yondo Sister, Papa Wemba, Pepe Kalle, Kanda Bongo Man and Awilo Longomba were then a staple among music lovers. So popular was the sound that numerous rumba outfits from the DRC migrated and set up shop in Zimbabwe in a bid to cash in on the large fan base.
At one point, local based Congolese group Diamond Musica was one of the most sought-after bands on the leisure scene with the songs they were churning out becoming major hits.
Chez Ntemba, which opened its doors in 2000, came to be known as the home of rumba and went on to become the biggest nightclub in the capital.
However, as the years went by, the vibe started to fade away with music lovers adopting other genres.
The dwindling rumba fan base resulted in some groups packing their bags and going back home while those composed of locals just folded. While Diamond Musica, went quite in 2006, is back on the local scene, they are yet to reclaim their former glory as their shows have not been attracting many people.
Even Chez Ntemba, which had become a symbol of the culture, called it a day after 16 years at their NetOne building base as the depleting patronage could not sustain operations. Fortress 88 at the Ambassador Hotel is one of the few spots that has given solace to rumba loyalists, but still, that is just about it.
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Considering that at the moment the rumba vibe is as good as extinct on the local entertainment scene, business mogul Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure might be tempting fate when he hosts Congolese rumba giant Fally Ipupa at the HICC on May 26.
Memories of the successful Davido gig he recently held at the same venue might still be fresh, but this is a totally different ball game.
Josh Hozheri might have a clearer picture, having hosted last year’s Carnival Rumba Night, which was headlined by one of the biggest rumba artistes on the planet, Werrason. It was a massive flop. Werrason only got to rescue his pride at the main carnival concert which had a non-paying crowd.
Maybe Ginimbi might just be the spark that is needed to re-ignite the rumba flame that once blazed on many dance floors across the country.
This upcoming gig is the first real test for the business mogul on the promotional landscape.
Does he have the magic to “Fill Up the HICC” with a rumba act.
Only time will tell if the “Original” hit-maker has what it takes to conquer one of the most treacherous venues in the capital.
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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.
Rumba 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.
The artiste is definitely one of the shining lights on the international rumba scene but the complexity of local music fans is not to be underestimated.
In this day and age where dancehall, hip-hop, EDM, Afro-pop and house music have become the sounds of choice for the youths, rumba is considered music for the mature, which could be the reason why Oliver Mtukudzi was also roped in for the show.
Some critics have highlighted that Fally’s sound is more urbanised, which makes it more appealing to a younger generation while old school types would prefer their Koffi Olomide or Zaiko Langa Langa.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail Society, Diamond Musica front man Pitshou Lumiere admitted that rumba had fallen by the wayside but still had the potential to bounce back.
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“In the ’90s and early 2000s, rhumba was so huge in Zimbabwe because of the rhumba bands that used to perform locally and were also releasing albums and singles which made Zimbabweans fall in love with the genre,” said Lumiere.
“Around 2005, rumba was becoming unpopular and some of those bands or band members like Lubumbashi Stars and Real Sound of Africa left the country. Our band also left and we were travelling across Africa, trying to penetrate new markets but we were not releasing new music until 2013.”
The artiste believes Ginimbi’s move to bring Fally will expose more people to the genre.
“The king Fally Ipupa is coming. I really appreciate Ginimbi Entertainment for bringing our star to Zimbabwe and I believe this is the right time for rhumba patrons to witness how good Fally Ipupa is now.
“Remember Fally used to be Koffi Olomide’s band member and ever since he left Koffi’s band, he has built his name internationally. This artiste has made a huge contribution to rumba music and I am sure bringing artistes of his calibre to perform here can bring rumba back on the local map.
”The Sunday Mail