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Jupiter & Okwess Deliver a Mystical Celebration of Women In This New Video

Watch our premiere of the Kinshasa-based band's new video for "Nzele Momi."

Jupiter & Okwess is a Congolese group fronted by Kinshasa's Jupiter Bokondji.

The afrofunk band is looking to take the DRC's musical heritage into modern times with their sophomore album, Kin Sonic, which features contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur/Gorillaz, and members of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and Massive Attack.

Today, we're premiering the band's psychedelic new music video for "Nzele Momi."


"It's a song to celebrate women. Women are mystical. They are mother of humanity and this song talks about how they're important in the society and sadly not respected and protected everywhere…Nzele Momi (women)," the group tells OkayAfrica. "Florent de la Tullaye shot this sequence in the area of equatorial forest with the Pygmy people named "Wallè." It's a trance dance in a ceremony for a woman just after she has her first child."

"The young girl doesn't have to go in the forest to work and won't contract disease in the forest. Taking care of the new baby is the most important thing. Everybody in the community treats her like a princess to be sure she have all the good things for the baby. It's a very happy and a privilege for this woman."

Watch our premiere of "Nzele Momi" below. Kin Sonic will be available in North America June 29 on Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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