Watch Fally Ipupa Deliver a Riveting COLORS Performance

The Congolese icon makes his COLORS debut with "Par Terre."

Renowned Congolese singer Fally Ipupa recently released his debut COLORS performance with new song "Par Terre."

Shot against a stark, vivid blue background, the singer serenades his fans by passionately singing in his signature, rhythmic style. The entire performance is indicative of the Ipupa's unique musical spin , which breathes new life into traditional Congolese rumba. The COLORS studio sets Ipupa’s soulful, signature Lingala lyrics against an uplifting, guitar-laden soundscape that is both heartwarming and enjoyable.

Fally Pupa began his career in the late 1990s, as a member of the successful Congolese band Quartier Latin International. Fast forward to 2006, the Kinshasa artist decided to pursue music independently and released his solo debut album, Droit Chemin. The body of work would set the tone for Ipupa to become one of most celebrated and respected artists in Congolese music and Africa as a whole.

He has since gone on to release notable projects that have garnered the respect and admiration of fans and music lovers globally. His unique sound and charisma have also collectively made him one of the most sought-after African artists. Some of his most notable releases include Arsenal de Belles Melodies (2009), Power 'Kosa Leka' (2013), Tokooos (2017), Control (2018), and Tokooos II (2020).

COLORSxSTUDIOS is an intimate music experience that thoroughly showcases exceptional talent from around the globe, and gives fans from different corners of the world a chance to enjoy new music. The COLORS segment focuses on highlighting the distinct talents of various new artists as well as their sounds All COLORS shows seek to provide a poignant, minimalist stage that spotlights the artists and gives them the opportunity to present their music holistically.

Watch Fally Ipupa's memorable, up-close-and-personal COLORS performance below.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Interview: Fally Ipupa Continues His Legacy With 'Tokooos II'

The iconic Congolese singer opens up about his latest album, vast influence and future plans.

After a moment's long view of his Paris studio, Fally Ipupa finally approaches the screen with a confident aura, filling the room with an energy that leaves me thinking: "He looks exactly like he sounds!" My mental image of Fally in a '90s music video, thanks to my parents' cassettes and CD tapes, immediately elapses as the all-white fit, button-down shirt, big glasses and bowler hat combo I had imagined is replaced by a sharply dressed dude wearing a warm smile and a baseball hat that he raises as he prompts me to begin.

From the DJ mix at every family gathering to the Apollo Theater in New York City, many would argue that Fally Ipupa has single-handedly popularised Congolese Rumba—a sound he describes as one of "dance, passion, and love."

The renowned musician began his career in the late '90s, singing and dancing alongside music legend Koffi Olomide in a group called Quartier Latin — before taking on the role of accompanying his mentor alone, and soon after pursuing a solo career through his debut offering Droit Chemin. This 2006 album earned gold status when it sold over 100,000 copies. Over and above his incredible discography, Fally Ipupa stays connected to the world through effortless features as seen in "Chaise Electrique" with former G-Unit singer Olivia, "Nous Les Meilleurs (We The Best)" alongside D'banj, and on "Yakuza" featuring Wizkid. He has also been the recipient of multiple awards including MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Video and Best Francophone Artist.

The 43-year-old star was born and raised in Kinshasa, the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo—also home to the most influential Rumba and Soukous acts, which include the likes of Papa Wemba and Koffi Olomide. Fally combining the acoustic bass, the fingerstyle guitar, the vibrating brass and live drums is truly one of the continent's most influential and indelible sounds. However, his immense crossover with his 2017 album Tokooos was met with a lot of disapproval from many of his Congolese fanbases as they yearned for a strict Rumba project. But as they say, "People don't like change until they do." A year later, he satisfied his fans with the release of the album Control, proving that he can execute both sounds with ease.

The award-winning mogul has impelled new generations with his peculiar sound—a medley of soul, R&B, the original styles of Soukous and Rumba. Four months into the release of his latest album, Tokooos II, we discuss everything from his undeniable influence, future plans and much more.

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