Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Okwess International

Yende Balamba Bongongo

Jupiter Bokondji is a musician from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The band was created in 1990, and they toured the African continent. However, at the same time that their popularity grew, the civil war broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some band members fled to Europe to escape violence, but Bokondji stayed in Kinshasa. As the war died down, his popularity grew again, and in 2006 he was featured in the documentary Jupiter's Dance. This brought him to the attention of U.K. producers and musicians, which led to him joining the African Express tour, the production of Hotel Univers, and performing at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.

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