Embattled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) musician, Koffi Olomide made a return to the stage on Sunday. The African music icon appeared at an event in the capital of Congo Republic, Brazzaville.
Olomide was received with cheers from the crowd after being introduced by Congolese music star, Fally Ipupa Fouta Djallon.
A video posted on his official Facebook page clearly showed that the 60-year-old had not lost any of his showmanship during his arrest in Kenya and deportation to the DRC and subsequent imprisonment for assault.
Uncharacteristically however, he performed in front of an all men band. Olomide seemed to have put the torrid week behind as he joined in formation dance steps with Ipupa and the band on stage.
Olomide was arrested last Monday at his Kinshasa home, two days after he had been detained and subsequently deported by authorities in Kenya after a video of him kicking a female dancer at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) went viral on social media.
Kenya’s police chief ordered his deportation to DRC after he spent the night in JKIA police cells. His show in Kenya as well as another in Zambia were cancelled as a result.
He was charged with assault and battery, charges he denies. He was granted bail after spending four days in jail.
Calls for his arrest and trial were championed by a Congressman Zakarie Bababaswe, who filed a petition on behalf of the Congolese public to have the musician punished for assault.