Hailing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afropop, funk, rock and jazz outfit Jupiter & Okwess returns with the explosive ‘ Na Kozonga’ album, a blast of energy that bewitches the body and feeds the spirit . Their latest invites guests from around the world
From the samba of carioca Rogê to the rap of Brasilian pioneer Marcelo D2 , via the horns of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band or the voice of the militant Chilean singer Ana Tijoux , the guitar riffs of French guitarist Yarol Poupaud or soulful voice of American vocalist Maiya Sykes , Jupiter & Okwess have no fear of strange encounters, nor the craziest journeys.
Produced in Los Angeles at the studios of Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie Boys, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bjork, Blur, John Lee Hooker, Manu Chao).
They have toured the US including Central Park Stage, NewOrleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Outside Lands. They performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk and they were booked on Bonarroo 2020 before its cancellation.
Jupiter & Okwess previous album is also available on CD/LP. ‘Kin Sonic” was voted Best Album by the NY Times in 2018 and a pick on Obama’s playlist that year.
Produced by Mario Caldato and Francois Gouverneur with Jupiter & Okwess
Recorded and mixed at MCJ Studio, Engineered by Mario Caldato, Jonathan Maia de Oliveira and Francois Gouverneur
Mastered by Robert Carranza
Cover photo by Florent de la Tullaye
Additional photos by Youri Lenquette
Artwork by Manuel De Castro
2. MIEUX QUE ÇA
Autor : Eric Malu-Malu, Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess / Teo Guedes ear candy fxs
3. NA KOZONGA
Original title : Hallo Bimmelbahn
Autor : Heinz Huth / Jürgen Huth / Michael Holm, Composers : Heinz Huth / Jürgen Huth
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess / Sacha Rudy (Rhodes, Wurli, Farfisa), Carlos Nino misc percussion
4. YOU SOLD ME A DREAM (feat. ANA TIJOUX)
Autor :Eric Malu-Malu / Ana Tijoux, Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess / Ana Tijoux vocal, Mike Doughty vocal and sampler, Money Mark synth, Teo Guedes ear candy fxs
Autor : Jupiter Bokondji, Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess
6. JIM KATA (feat. YAROL POUPAUD)
Autor : Montana Kinunu, ,Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess /Yarol Poupaud guitars
Jim Kata-Money Mark D6 Clavinet, Teo Guedes ear candy fxs
Jim Kata-Sacha Rudy Rhodes, Carlos Niño misc percussion
7. ABALEGELE GALE (feat. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND)
Autor : Richard Kabanga, Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians :Jupiter & Okwess / Preservation Hall Jazz Band .
8. BAKUNDA ULU
Autor : Yende Balamba, Composer : Jupiter & Okwess
Musicians : Jupiter & Okwess / Maiya Sykes vocal, Anne Gouverneur violin, Delphine Ciampi-Ellis guitars, Ricardo Dias Gomes keyboards, Teo Guedes ear candy fxs