The Cedar and Mshale Present
JUPITER & OKWESS and FENDIKA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm
$22 Advance / $25 Day of show
This is a standing show with an open floor. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
With their second album Kin Sonic, Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. Jean-Pierre Bokondji, aka "Jupiter," was born on the 16th December 1963, in Kinshasa. From East Berlin (where he grew up) to Kinshasa, from James Brown to the ultra-dominant Congolese rumba style, Jupiter decided to create his own mode of musical expression. Just like the writing of the African philosopher, Zamenga Batukezanga, Jupiter’s lyrics focus on the painful past, and how to overcome it. Gathered around Jupiter are the Okwess faithful: Montana (of Staff Benda Bilili) on drums and Yendé on bass, guitarists Eric and Richard and the singer Blaise. This is Jupiter & Okwess' first Minnesota performance.
Fendika, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from across Ethiopia, mesmerizes audiences with resonant vocal chants, vibrant stringed instruments, spirited drum rhythms, and spectacular dancing. Drawing deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s diverse musical traditions, Fendika’s dynamic performance style adds innovative movements and sounds that revitalize the ancient artistic forms to create a new tradition. Led by charismatic dancer Melaku Belay, Fendika’s joyful performances encourage audiences to take part in the celebration. This will be Fendika's third time performing at The Cedar.