Fally Ipupa

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Government Name: Fally Ipupa N’simba

Birth Date: December 14, 1977

Nationality: Congolese

Fally Ipupa is a Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, guitarist and producer. He was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 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.

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

Since debuting as a solo artiste in 2006, Fally Ipupa has won several awards, including at MTV Music Video Awards and the Kora Awards. He has acquainted with stars such as Koffi Olomide, Youssur N’Dour, 2Baba, R Kelly, Keri Hilson and  former G-Unit artiste, Olivia.

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. On 7 April 2007 the artist performed at the Olympia in Paris.

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