One of the rising stars in the world music scene, Congolese musician Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess will be touring the United States and Mexico in September and October 2018.
The Congolese artists will be presenting their second album Kin Sonic. The album includes contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Robert del Naja, aka ‘3D’, of Massive Attack.
2018 Tour Dates:
September 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Globalquerque Festival
September 22 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
September 23 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX
September 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
September 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Festival Cervantino
September 28 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
September 29 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
October 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
October05 – Boston, MA – Boston University
October 7 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival
October 8 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon Cafe Concert
October 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
October 12 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
October 16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
October 18 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
October 20 – Black Mountain, NC – LEAF Community Arts Festival
October 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Explanada de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas
October 27 – Mérida, Mexico – Teatro Armando Manzanero
Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess with special guests The Jack Moves are set to perform on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Littlefield in Brooklyn, New York. Jupiter & Okwess were “discovered” in 2006 thanks to Jupiter’s Dance, a documentary about the new music scene in Kinshasa (the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Charismatic band leader Jupiter Bokondji represents the innovative scene of street musicians in Kinshasa. The band combines Afropop, traditional Congolese rhythms, funk, and rock with socially conscious lyrics.
Born in Kinshasa, Jupiter began drumming as a boy, helping his grandmother, a traditional healer, at ceremonies and funerals. In 1974, his diplomat father was stationed in East Berlin, where Jupiter discovered rock music and became inspired by the apparent complicity between Congolese traditions and Western music. He returned to Kinshasa, convinced that music could be a unifying force and determined to create his own mode of musical expression.
Jupiter’s band Okwess includes Montana (of Staff Benda Bilili) on drums, Yendé on bass, guitarists Eric and Richard and the singer Blaise. Their new album is Kin Sonic.
American world music showcase globalFEST has announced the artists set to perform during its 15th Anniversary on January 14, 2017 in New York City.
globalFEST 15 Program
Ava Rocha: Post-Tropicalia avant-pop (Brazil)
Delgres: Creole blues reconnecting Guadeloupe to New Orleans
Eva Salina & Peter Stan: Balkan Gypsy (Roma) songs for voice and accordion
Grand Tapestry: hip-hop joins Indian sarod and tabla
Iberi Choir: Polyphonic songs from Georgia
Jarlath Henderson Band: Celtic folk music
Jupiter & Okwess: Congolese music
La Dame Blanche: Cuban rumba and son with hip-hop, cumbia, and dancehall
Mariachi Flor De Toloache: Female Mexican mariachi
Mohsen Namjoo: Modern Iranian songs
Thornetta Davis: Detroit blues
Miramar: Puerto Rican boleros