Quartier Latin International

Quartier Latin International (QLI), or Quartier Latin, is a soukous band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo established in 1986. The band was formed in 1986 in Kinshasa). It plays in DR Congo and other African countries [1][2] and often tours in Europe and North America.

Quartier Latin International
Also known asQuartier Latin International
OriginDemocratic Republic of the Congo
GenresCongolese Rumba
Years active1986 – Present
LabelsKoffi Central (since 2015)


The band was founded by its leader, composer, guitarist, vocalist, dancer and entertainer, Koffi Olomide. The band performs both in Lingala and French.[3] Since inception, the band has seen many members come and go, some more than once.[4] Many former band members still maintain good relations with the band. The show to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band's founding is scheduled for 16 November 2016. The chief organizer is Fally Ipupa, who left the band in 2006.[5]


  1. ^ Pathou Kinzala Nkuka (4 March 2015). "Quartier Latin International: Koffi Olomide reintegrates Apocalypse facilitator to 13th apostle" (in French). Kinshasa: Starducongo.com. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ NDZ (8 October 2015). "Koffi Olomide promises fireworks". NewsDay Zimbabwe (NDZ). Harare. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ PAA (2002). "Koffi Olomide Biography". Atlanta: Pan African Allstars (PAA). Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  4. ^ Ambangito, Franck (28 August 2015). "Bourro Mpela: Cooperation and reintegration confirmed" (in French). Kinshasa: Groupelavenir.org. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ Kingunza, Kikim (3 March 2016). "For the 30 years of the Quartier Latin International: Fally Ipupa is involved in the organization of the event" (in French). Kinshasa: The Future Daily. Retrieved 18 April 2016.