Jupiter & Okwess

Jupiter & Okwess

With their second album Kin Sonic, Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. Jean-Pierre Bokondji, aka « Jupiter », a sort of ghetto Don Quixote, (or a lanky wading bird dressed in a general’s uniform), was born on the 16th December 1963, in Kinshasa. From East Berlin (where he grew up) to Kinshasa, from James Brown to the ultra-dominant Congolese rumba style, Jupiter decided to create his own mode of musical expression. Just like the writing of the African philosopher, Zamenga Batukezanga, Jupiter’s lyrics focus on the painful past, and how to overcome it.

Gathered around Jupiter are the Okwess faithful: Montana (of Staff Benda Bilili) on drums and Yendé on bass, guitarists Eric and Richard and the singer Blaise.

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality

Known for his work in groups like Antibalas, The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar founded the band Low Mentality in 2011. The group brings a new bass- and beat-oriented rock and roll sound to the table, merging qualities of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, calypso, hip-hop and folk music. Their dance video for "Run Fast" premiered on okayafrica.com in 2013, and the song was featured on the Afropop Worldwide radio program as well as on the ParisDJs compilation Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? While working on an exciting collaboration with the legendary Ethiopian keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa), the group released their debut vinyl single “Reel It In” on 3rd Generation Recordings in 2014, getting featured on the likes of WFMU, PRI and KEXP, where it was named Song Of The Day.

Nikhil and Low Mentality released their debut full length album, Everything Lasts Forever, on April 22, 2016. The record renders debates about genre moot, weaving between dozens of styles and flavors to create a well-curated collection of personal, memorable, and danceable songs. The first offering, the dark and vibrant “Jazz Now,” premiered on Stereogum in February. It was followed by the hilarious, historically-minded video for the cumbia and dub-influenced tune "Six Shooter AKA The History Of Dance" (featuring the soulful voice of Kendra Morris), premiering on Relix in early April, and KUT Austin named the funky ode to a changing NYC “Rep Where You’re From” its Song Of The Day. All the while, Low Mentality continues to rock parties and blow minds with its unique live show party experience.

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