President Felix Tshisekedi of Congo DR has made the multiple-award-winning music veteran, Koffi Olomide, the country’s Culture Ambassador.
Tshisekedi announced the honour when Olomide recently visited him to present his Legend Awards at the 2021 All-Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
Tshisekei received Olomide at his official residence at Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa.
According to the President, the award was both a significant achievement for not just the singer, but the entire country.
The 65-year-old Soukous singer presented his 24-carat gold-plated plaque to the President.
In recognition of Olomide’s work, the President awarded him the country’s ambassador of culture.
While receiving his diplomatic passport from President Tshisekedi, Olomide promised to maintain a reputation worthy of emulation by African youths.
This appointment would see Olomide, who has been active in the Congolese music industry for over five decades, help boost DRC’s increasing attempts at repositioning its cultural and creative economy.
Congolese Rumba was officially added to the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage list, last December, sparking hope for the country’s cultural progression.
Koffi Olomide is a multi-award-winning artist and founder of the Quartier Latin International Orchestra. With over 30 studio albums to his credit, the singer has carved a reputation as one of the fundamental growth pillars of the Congolese, and by extension, the African music industry.