born on 28/8/1986 in Kinshasa, Congo, the democratic Republic of the

Alias Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo


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Born August 28 1986
Kinshasa, Zaire

Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo[1] (born 28 August 1986 , height:197 cm), known professionally as Mohombi, is a Swedish-Congolese R&B singer-songwriter and dancer. He grew up in one of Stockholm's suburbs called Norsborg. Mohombi is RedOne's first signing to 2101 Records in joint venture with Universal Music Group.[2] From 2004 to 2008 Mohombi was part of the Swedish hip hop group Avalon with his brother Djo Moupondo. Mohombi released his debut solo single "Bumpy Ride" in August 2010. The single became a top-ten hit in many European countries, and was followed by his debut studio album, MoveMeant in February 2011.


Early life

Mohombi was born to a pashto family Swedish mother and Congolese father. Mohombi has 14 siblings. [3] Raised in the Congo, Mohombi and his family escaped the war-torn country for Stockholm, Sweden in 1999 when Mohombi was 14. His parents regularly exposed him to varied musical influences from early on in his childhood [4] so that Mohombi soon developed his passion for song. Mohombi studied at Rytmus Music High School in Stockholm and made his stage debut at seventeen in the Swedish revival production of the cult show Wild Side Story. He pursued his studies and obtained his bachelor's degree in music and song from Stockholms Music Conservatory. He speaks Swedish, French, English and Lingala.[5]

In Stockholm Mohombi and his brother Djo Moupondo, a local club DJ known as DJ Djo formed the group Avalon[6] combining the dancehall and hip hop of the time with the distinctive African beats on which they were raised. From 2004 to 2008 the group sold over half a million records and won the All African Kora Awards, an African equivalent of the Grammy for the category Best Group - Diaspora Europe/Caribbean category, while Mohombi became a prolific songwriter in his own right. At this point music was only a part-time job, and looking for something more Mohombi headed to L.A..[7]

Solo career

Mohombi collaborated with Swedish rapper Lazee on "Do It", which was released in Sweden on 31 May 2010. It debuted at number nine on the Swedish Singles Chart. In Los Angeles Mohombi was introduced through friends to producer RedOne, whose own background is Swedish-Morrocan. The singer's debut single, "Bumpy Ride" is the first release on RedOne's label 2101 Records, a joint venture with Universal. It was released in the United States on 24 August 2010.[7][8][9] Mohombi released "Miss Me" as his debut single in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2010.[10] It features American rapper Nelly. His third single called "Dirty Situation" was released in Europe on 11 November and features R&B singer Akon. "Dirty Situation" is played at the beginning and then again later on in the middle of the music video for "Miss Me". Mohombi's debut album, MoveMeant was released in Europe Monday 28 February 2011 and is scheduled to be released in the US by the end of 2011. Mohombi features on track "Hula hoop" of the 2011 release of Stella Mwangi album "Kinanda". Mohombi's single, "Coconut Tree" features Nicole Scherzinger.[11]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: February 28, 2011
  • Label: 2101, Interscope, Cherrytree, Island
  • Format: CD, digital download
69 79 34
"" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Bumpy Ride" 2010 7 8 3 1 3 3 6 41 32
  • DEN: Gold[12]
  • SWE: 2× Platinum[13]
"Miss Me"
(featuring Nelly)
123 66
"Dirty Situation"
(featuring Akon)
16 40 67 65 54 95
"Coconut Tree"
(featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
2011 13 75 18 8
  • SWE: Platinum[14]
"" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Les Jumo featuring Mohombi)
2011 TBA
"Suave (Kiss Me)"
(Nayer featuring Mohombi and Pitbull)
77 TBA
"" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Mohombi
Title Year Album Artist
"Do It" 2010 Lazee
"She Owns the Night" Free Wired Far East Movement
"Sanford & Son" Q: Soul Bossa Nostra Quincy Jones
"Hula Hoop" 2011 Kinanda Stella Mwangi

Awards and nominations

  • Kora All African Music Awards 2003[15]
  • Kora All African Music Awards 2004[16]

Greek Music Awards

In 2011 Mohombi appeared at the annual (MAD) Video Music awards held in Athens, Greece were he duetted with Katerina Stikoudi, singing "Coconut Tree ( )" (Coconut Tree "Make Me Stay").[17]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2011 Grammis Best Song Bumpy Ride Nominated [18]


  1. title of version: BUMPY RIDE. GEMA. Retrieved on 31 January 2011.
  2. Lady Gaga - Redone Launches Label - Contactmusic News. (2010-08-09). Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  4. 106 KMEL - HIP HOP AND R&B. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  5. Producers & Songwriters. Yg Bounce. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  6. SE. Group Avalon - Award Winners! | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  7. 7.0 7.1 kathi says: (2010-08-26). Mohombis Bumpy Ride | Hollywood Dame. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  8. Mohombi. Pop Generation. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  9. US. 2101 RECORDS/REDONE | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  10. Miss Me feat Nelly available to download 31st October!. (29 September 2010). Retrieved on 7 October 2010.
  12. Guld og platin 2010. International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (2010-12-03). Retrieved on 2011-01-19.
  13. Veckolista Singlar - Vecka 7, 18 februari 2011. Sverigetopplistan. GLF (18 February 2011). Retrieved on 19 February 2011.
  14. Veckolista Singlar - Vecka 27, 8 juli 2011. Sverigetopplistan. GLF (8 July 2011). Retrieved on 9 July 2011.
  15. Mohombi | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  16. [1]
  17. Mad Awards: Live Performances. Retrieved on 2011-07-13.
  18. News. Mohombi. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.

External links

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