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Jupiter Bokonji and Okwess International

Jupiter Bokonji and Okwess International

Jupiter Bokonji and Okwess International


Since the mid-Eighties, the gangly figure of this ageless singer has become part of the urban landscape of Kinshasa. Jupiter Bokondji and his Okwess International band have tried to resurrect some of forgotten rhythms of Congo-Kinshasa in a melting-pot style Jupiter calls “Bofenia Rock”. His music centres on the traditional “zebola” rhythms of the Mongo people. Bokondji’s sandpaper voice is as much a trademark as his angular silhouette, dangling cigarette and officer’s jacket. Read more on Last.fm
Since the mid-Eighties, the gangly figure of this ageless singer has become part of the urban landscape of Kinshasa. Jupiter Bokondji and his Okwess International band have tried to resurrect some of forgotten rhythms of Congo-Kinshasa in a melting-pot style Jupiter calls “Bofenia Rock”. His music centres on the traditional “zebola” rhythms of the Mongo people. Bokondji’s sandpaper voice is as much a trademark as his angular silhouette, dangling cigarette and officer’s jacket.

In 2007, he starred in a landmark film/CD package on the music of Kinshasa, called Jupiter’s Dance. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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