Congolese musician Koffi deported from Kenya after assault


File: Koffi Olomide from Congo and dancers of the Quarter Latin group, perform 30 April 2005 at the Iba Mar Diop stadium in Dakar during the Ebony Music Festival dedicated to the fight against malaria.

NAIROBI — Kenyan authorities have deported a popular Congolese musician accused of assaulting a female member of his band on Friday.




George Wajackoyah, a lawyer for the entertainer known as Koffi Olomide, said his client was deported early Saturday along with three dancers in his ensemble.

Footage posted on social media shows Olomide kicking the woman, one of his dancers, as they lined up at the airport in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

VIDEO: Musician Koffi Olomide assaults female dancer

The incident sparked outrage on social media, with many Kenyans calling for Olomide’s arrest.






Olomide denied assaulting anyone in an interview with a local broadcaster.




Olomide, who has toured in Africa and Europe, is popular for his performance of a style of music called "soukous," in which dancers rhythmically shake their hips in seemingly erotic routines.




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