Magazine article New Internationalist

Kin Sonic

Magazine article New Internationalist

Kin Sonic

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Kin Sonic

by Jupiter & Okwess (Glitterbeat, GB 050 CD, LP and digital)

Set the volume at full blast: Jean-Pierre 'Jupiter' Bokondji and Okwess - a word meaning 'food' in Kibunda - mean to set dance floors alight, while simultaneously raising funds for a Kinshasha-based NGO that aids homeless children. To do so, he has assembled a powerful group under the rubric of food. Among them, Warren Ellis, the multi-instrumentalist bringing so much to Nick Cave's work, is recognisable by his frenetic violin lines; while Damon Blur, he of Blur and Gorillaz, contributes some jaunty keyboards. Staff Benda Bilili's drummer, Montana, is also present, and Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja has contributed the album's cover - a stark stencil showing a child with a halo of planes around their head. …

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