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  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Out Here
  • ASIN: B00CDCPDE6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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After some storming gigs as part of the Africa Express Project of Damon Albarn as well as his involvement in the projects Congo Electro Album DRC - Kinshasa One Two the long awaited Okwess International album is finally released. Jupiter has been involved in music for over 30 years firstly in and around Kinshasa but it was in Germany East-Berlin, where Jupiter spent his adolescence, and where his father was appointed executive assistant for the Congos embassy in 1974, that he discovered Europe and it's vibrant music scene – the Stones, Deep Purple, James Brown etc. Here, he set up his own rock band called ''Der Neger'' with fellow young Berliners; their sound was a strange cocktail of Mongo percussions and guitar Zeppelin-esque guitar. The band was successful in all the shady clubs in town. But, his father's mandate ended. When he was 20, Jupiter went back in the eighties bubbling Kinshasa head full of dreams, glory and sounds unimaginable to most of his friends. He left the family home, earning a living singing at funerals and playing percussion in several local orchestras. With his earnings he travelled the Congo, searching for new sounds. These travels his feeling that all the music he heard in Europe originated from the 450 ethnic groups that made up his country, and that the tribalism that tore his country apart politically, could in fact become a unifying force. He continued to develop his own unique style, surrounding himself with trendy musicians connected to from Europe. His idea was to reactivate the forgotten rhythms and melodies of Congo, by injecting the urban groove of Kinhasa. He called this explosive mix '' Bofenia Rock' and in 1983, succeeded in forming his first orchestra, Bongofolk, who became his musical experiment. Jupiter created Okwess International in 1990, a group which contained within it avant- garde artists such as Jean Goubald. This group travelled Africa, and was selected to represent Zaire in 1999 at MASA (Market of African Performing Arts). Just at the point where their luck seemed to be finally turning, the country fell into chaos due to civil war. In early 2004, Jupiter met Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye. The connection was immediate, so much so that the two French returned to record the songs of Okwess International, and other groups surrounding Jupiter, such as Staff Benda Billili. Of this time, Jupiter says ' I knew something like this would happen. I was convinced of it.'' 'Jupiter Dance,' a film documenting his musical exploration was released in 2007. On screen, we see his slender silhoutte exploring the various districts of Kinhasa, discovering talent artists undiscovered and unkown by the rest of the world. Little Jupiters, he calls them. "Today, we find many young groups conitnuing in my footsteps, dipping into our archives for inspiration; my mission is complete. If I disappeared today, I will have achieved my goal'' Of course, Jupiter wasn't about to disappear; he is poised for a fantastic career. In October 2011, he played Kinhasa to an audience of five thousand; five thousand people hypnotised by the powerful rhythm and energy of Okwess International. In July of the same year, he was part of the the album created by Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame, 'Kinhasa One Two,' released in November 2011 through WARP. "New contender for best Congolese band on the planet ... Their turbo-charged funk rock is a cross between "Ball of Confusion"-era Temptations and the rawest Congolese soukous, with some searing blues guitar riffs thrown in for good measure. Sure to end up a favourite of the year, and no mistake." The Independent On Sunday "One of the year's finest albums." 9/10 Louder Than War

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I've been amazed by the proliferation of African music into the mainstream world consumption, especially from the DRC, which seems to have a conveyor belt of great musicians. In recent times, one thinks of Staff Benda Bilili, but for me, Jupiter is the epitome of african creativity. This album is incredible, and a dancer's paradise, with rasping beats, guitar riffs and harmonies. Incredible too, that it has a strong rock bias that will find favour with the western music lovers, perhaps synthesised too much for my liking. But, Jupiter's musicianship and lyrics more than make up for that shortfall.

I highly recommend that you buy it, but even better, I recommend that you see this band live in action. It is an experience that you will never experience elsewhere.
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Not a bad first offering from Jupiter, but not up to the live performance. Saw this band at Womad last year hand had been looking forward to their first release, but have a been a bit disappointed. I like it, but it's not a regular listen. Seems a bit too introverted, if that makes sense.
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I think that Jupiter & Okwess International's beat is most hottest now in the world. This polyrhythmic beat and Jupiter's powerful low voice are fascinating for rebel music lovers.
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great band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Energy and life 8 Jan. 2014
By Charles J. Mishek - Published on Amazon.com
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This artist I was unaware of and heard a clip on the BBC. I was unable to find the album but fortunately could order it. Jupiter Bokondji and the group Okwess International are highly skilled and fluent in numerous highly energetic ways to get their musical soul out there. This is the first Congolese rock/jazz I've heard, and while there are echoes of Nigerian sources like Fela and Ondaje, not to mention Ade and Dibango, they are original in their synthesis. I hope to hear more in the future.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Bought after hearing just a couple of ... 11 April 2015
By Michelle Slavik - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it! Bought after hearing just a couple of tracks, but well worth the purchase. Good for anyone looking to expand their range of music listening.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great African band 19 Jun. 2015
By Fred dunster - Published on Amazon.com
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This band has an African energy; real originality and an infectious music that is best heard live but is still stand out stuff in studio format.
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