Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat Records)

Four years after the release of the excellent 'Hotel Univers', Jean-Pierre Bokondi, better known as Jupiter, returns with 'Kin Sonic' (loosely translated: "the sound of Kinshasa"), produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau (see also Amadou & Mariam and Songhoy Blues) and François Gouverneur. For the album Jupiter collaborated with Damon Albarn and Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and for the cover design he could even count on Massive Attack's Robert del Naja aka 3D (of whom it's whispered he might be the illustrious Banksy). 3D graciously decided to donate his fee to La Fondation Etoile du Congo, an organization caring for street children of which Jupiter is the ambassador. A song on 'Kin Sonic' more or less staying on the same topic is 'Le Temps Passé', featuring lyrics by drummer Montana about the difficult task of raising children in the hard reality of Kinshasa. In that same song the voice of actress/director Sandrine Bonnaire can also be heard, reciting from 'Bandoki' ("the sorcerers"), a novel by African author and philosopher Zamenga Batukezanga, who, like Jupiter, was an inhabitant of the Lemba district in Kinshasa. With the suitable opener 'Hello', Jupiter welcomes us on this new album, but the top tracks on 'Kin Sonic' are 'Ofakombolo' and 'Ekombe', both tunes that will definitely force you to move. With 'Chin Sonic' Jupiter & Okwess once again prove they are the hottest thing Kinshasa currently has to offer. Wild Congolese party!


Added: Jun 29, 2017