For a man who lives in his jogging bottoms and "likes the loose side, as they say" Fally Ipupa has a strange obsession about being late.
"Um, maybe a watch!" says Ipupa when asked his favourite accessory. "It's essential they're on time, I'm very rarely late!"
High five on that: we're huge watch fans here at Square Mile, as our weekly WatchWeWant section attests. Perhaps we should get him on board?
All jokes aside – we can't imagine he has the time: the Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, guitarist and producer is one seriously busy dude. Having started out with soukous band Quartier Latin International, it is Ipupa's impressive solo-career that has made him a household name and led to tours around the world, from stadiums all over Africa to sold-out arenas in Paris and the USA.
Having recently dropped his sixth album Tokooos II (an edgy fusion of rumba with R&B, Hip Hop, Zouk and Afrobeats) Ipupa claims "the best is still to come."
We hear you, and we certainly can't wait to see what he does next.
What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?
I live to get back on the touring route, organising a big world tour and end with a double show here in Paris.
What is your greatest professional pride?
I think so far I'm pretty proud of myself. When I see the fruits of the work, I am happy. Mission accomplished!
The best is still to come.
If you could change one thing in your career, what would it be?
I don't regret anything, but by choosing, I'd probably erase some mistakes in my teens haha.
What do you hope to accomplish that you haven't done yet?
Ouhhh, a bunch of things. We're always learning, every day is a new opportunity to accomplish things, to seize opportunities.