THEY were both an exceptional duet team when they performed songs with Orchestra Quartier Latin 001, but as Fally Ipupa exited from the country two weeks ago, his mentor, Koffi Olomide, is back on the local charts with his sizzling album magically titled Abracadabra.
The album, which has toppled Bob Nkosha’s Dorika and the Big Dudes on the summit of Sounds Arcades, comes exactly a week after Olomide turned 56 years on August 13 and an astonishing 25 years in the rhumba music industry.
Having suffered a blow after the likes of Fally, Ferre Gola, Soleil Venga, Montana Kamenga, Mbonchi Mpela and Gibson Batuka, all stars of such get-away albums as Effrakata, left Quartier Latin six years ago, Olomide has been in the lime-light, sometimes for all the wrong reasons.
Abaracadabra comes on the market two years after Olomide’s steamy Mandra Manda-Skol, the album that introduced the silky-voiced songbird, Cindy Le Coeur to the rhumba music genre.
Talking about Abracadabra, Olomide, again, unleashes his intriguing duets with Cindy on such songs as Etoile De’tat, Jeune Pato and Mbonda, bringing back memories of such fancied duets as Franco and Jolly Detta (Massu) or even the Tabu Ley/Mbilia Bel ditties.