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Mohombi in Stockholm in 2002
Background information
Birth name Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo[1]
Born (1986-10-17) 17 October 1986 (age 30)
Kananga, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres R&B, afro-pop, dancehall, soca, reggae fusion
Occupation(s) singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2008 to present
Labels 2101, Island (UK), Universal Republic, Interscope, Cherrytree, Cash Money, La Clique Music
Associated acts Akon, Avalon, Pitbull, Nelly, Nicole Scherzinger, Craig David, Wisin, Chris Brown, Werrason, Inna.
Early on, Helena Mattsson and Mohombi were in the same cast of Wild Side Story.

Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo , known professionally as Mohombi, is a Swedish-Congolese singer-songwriter and dancer. He grew up in Kista near Stockholm. Mohombi was RedOne's first signing to 2101 Records in joint venture with Universal Music Group.[2] From 2000 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 worldwide Hit, sold gold & platinum and charted top-ten in several countries, and was followed by his debut studio album, MoveMeant in February 2011.


Early life[edit]

Mohombi was born to a Swedish mother and a 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 13. When he turned 20 years old, Mohombi rented a room in Radio 1 UAE's Simon B's childhood house just to get to know him better. 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 Stockholm’s Music Conservatory. He speaks Swedish, French, English, Swahili, Spanish and Lingala.[5]

In duo Avalon[edit]

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]

2010–11: Movemeant[edit]

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-Moroccan. 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 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]

2011–present: Universe[edit]

On 2 September 2011 Mohombi released another single called "Maraca" on iTunes in Sweden.[12] Mohombi also recorded the song "Suave (Kiss Me)" with Nayer & Pitbull. He was nominated for Best Swedish Act at the 2011 European Music Awards in Belfast.[13] This Must Be Pop listed him 7th in their Top 10 of 2012.[14] On 16 December 2011, he appeared as musical guest on The Voice of Romania.[15]


Main article: Mohombi discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • At the Kora Awards:
    • Kora All African Music Awards 2003[16]
    • Kora All African Music Awards 2004[17]

Greek Music Awards[edit]

In 2011 Mohombi appeared at the annual (MAD) Video Music awards held in Athens, Greece where he duetted with Katerina Stikoudi, singing "Coconut Tree (Κάνε Με Να Μείνω)" (Coconut Tree "Make Me Stay").[18]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2011 Grammy Best Song Bumpy Ride Nominated [19]


  1. ^ "title of version: BUMPY RIDE". GEMA. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Lady Gaga – Redone Launches Label – Contactmusic News". 9 August 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mohombi Readies Debut Album "Movemeant" for RedOne's 2101 Records ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog".
  4. ^ "106 KMEL – HIP HOP AND R&B". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Media". iHeartRadio.
  6. ^ SE. "Group Avalon – Award Winners! | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b kathi says: (26 August 2010). "Mohombi's 'Bumpy Ride' | Hollywood Dame". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mohombi". Pop Generation. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  9. ^ US. "2101 RECORDS/REDONE | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Miss Me feat Nelly available to download 31st October!". 29 September 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "iTunes – Musik – Maraca – Single av Mohombi". iTunes.
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  14. ^ This Must Be Pop: The Next Big Thing: My Top 10 of 2012. 1 January 2012
  15. ^ "Vezi cum a ridicat Mohombi in picioare publicul de la Vocea Romaniei cu melodia "Coconut Tree"!" (in Romanian). Pro TV. 17 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mohombi | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  17. ^ [1] Archived 11 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Mad Awards: Live Performances". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "News". Mohombi. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 

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