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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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Eli Fola Offers a 'Soundscape to Freedom' With New Performance Visuals

The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

Nigerian born-Brooklyn based artist Eli Fola is back in our hearts and on our screens, with the latest music video release for his single "Blackness Be Divine" off of his EP, Soundscape to Freedom.

The DJ, saxophonist and producer's release comes from his own production and events label Tech Afrique.

The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

Although the EP is only six tracks long, it certainly packs a punch with its hypnotic rhythms, nostalgic house beats and graceful lyrics heard throughout the project. It truly is a unique musical adventure.

Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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