Jessy 'Matador' Kimbangi
is a dancer and singer from the Democratic
Republic of Congo, based in France. In 2001, he started his dancing career, influenced by hip hop and Congolese ndombolo
music. He later joined the band Les Cœurs Brisés
, lead by
and started a singing career. Together, they toured in several countries.
In 2005, Jessy set up his own band, called La Selesao
with fellow members Docteur Love, Général
Benkoff and Linho. They performed in various Paris venues, such as the Bataclan
the Palais des Congrès
, but also as a supporting act of
's concert in the Élysée
in late 2005.
In 2008, a first single « Décalé Gwada »
and a first album « Afrikan New Style »
the single encountered a success among young people in Paris. Jessy's sunny mix of coupé-décalé,
hip hop and ndombolo apparently captured the attention of the French television authorities, and in 2010, he was selected
to represent France at the Eurovision Song Festival with the song « Allez ola olé »
was initially written as a song accompanying the FIFA soccer world championship in South Africa and became a summer hit
at least in France. At the Eurovision Contest the song ended in 12th position.
In 2012, Jessy Matador features with Luis Guisao
in a remix of
's song « Zumba He Zumba Ha »
. The song became a hit in France
in summer 2012.