release date: 24.05.2013 / UK & France 20.05.2013
Jupiter Bokondji is the charismatic leader of the band Okwess International and an outstanding representative of this innovative street music scene. Internationally this scene became well-known through the success of the band Staff Benda Bilili and there are close ties between the two. The album “Hotel Univers“ is the group’s international debut and portrays the long journey of a man who has seen a lot in life. In 1974, as a young boy, he left the Congo to go to East Germany with his father who was appointed executive assistant for the Congo’s embassy in Germany. There he spent his adolescence and discovered Europe and its vibrant music scene – theStones, Deep Purple, James Brown etc.