Front man Jupiter Bokondji and the band Okwess hail from Kinshasa, in Congo. Their version of the exhilarating soukous that are jet-fueled Congolese versions of rumba includes healthy doses of funk, soul, and even rock. Jupiter & Okwess deliver more than just high-energy music: his songs often touch on Congo’s colonial past, and its modern economic and social challenges. “Jupiter Bokondji is remarkable both for the sense of danger and urgency he puts into in his music, and for the way he matches an extraordinary variety of Congolese rhythms and languages against western influences in a band dominated by percussion, bass and electric guitars” (The Guardian).