Born: 14 December 1977
Profile: Congolese singer, songwriter, dancer, philanthropist and guitarist
Born in Kinshasa, musical genius, Ipupa Nsimba aka Fally Ipupa is well known for his music and his on point dance moves. Loved by the ladies, this man of great talent, began his love affair with music singing in the choir as a boy and progressing to performing in small groups in Kinshasa. His life as a professional muso began in the late 90’s, when he joined a group known as Latent Talent, with whom he recorded an album.
But it was with the group called Quartier Latin, who he worked with for over a decade, that he really learnt and worked his craft with the likes of veteran Koffi Olomide, bursting onto the musical scene with hit songs like “Eternellement” and “Ko Ko Ko Ko”, in collaboration with Olomide. In 2006, he released his debut solo album Droit chemin, which went on to sell over 100 000 copies. He has since released two more albums. In April 2013 he signed a contract for three albums with Universal, the largest record company in the world.
Having worked with more than 35 artists from Africa and abroad in numerous collaborations, including G-unit artist Olivia from the USA, Youssupha from France and D’Banj from Nigeria,he has certainly left his mark as a sought-after artist.
The awards and recognition have poured in over the years, with more than twenty nods from different music awards, including the Kora Award for Best Central African Male Artist in 2008, an MTV Africa Award in 2010 for Best Francophone Artist and a 2013 AFRIMMA Award for Best Male Artist.
He participated in the MTV Africa All Stars with national and international artists, including Snoop Dogg, and in May 2013 he performed for 15 000 spectators at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
His work includes the project Do Agric, which fosters the development of agriculture in Africa. Early in 2014, he travelled to Washington to attend a US-Africa summit on an invite from US president Barack Obama, who invited 47 African leaders to the summit, which aimed to strengthen ties between the US and Africa. In the same year in April, Fally appeared in the music video for “Cocoa na Chocolate”, a song about food production and sustainability in Africa.
With his smooth, soulful voice, an impeccable sense for style and dance moves that have all the ladies swooning, Fally Ipupa deserves all the props!
By Thina Mthembu