Jupiter & Okwess to Cap 30th Anniversary Season at Music Haven

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Congolese rumba masters Jupiter & Okwess will cap the 30th Anniversary season at Music Haven on Sunday, August 18th.

Jean-Pierre Bokondji, aka Jupiter, was born in Kinshasa December of 1963, three years after the Congo was given its independence. He spent a large part of his childhood and adolescence living in Dar-es-Salaam and East Berlin, where is father worked as an attache at the Congolese embassy. But in 1979, at the age of 17, he left East Germany to return to Kinshasa and throw himself into music.

Influenced by American soul music, and then deeply influenced by Congolese rumba, he has emerged with a sound that sounds remarkably of rock, soul, and funk.

Fellow musician Nkumu Isaac Katalay was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he spent half his life before moving to New York City in 1996. His Rumba Funk sound was inspired by Fela Kuti and the Afro Beat movement, expressed of course in a uniquely Congolese perspective.

As always, a variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase. Michele’s Charcoal Pit returns, and Ben and Jerry’s will be scooping up sweet treats as well.

The international food and beverage features will be Poulet a la Moambe with rice and ginger beer.

Wine and local craft beverages will be offered by Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider.

In case of inclement weather, Niskayuna High School Auditorium will serve as the rain site for this concert.

Come dance in Central Park at Music Haven. Concert starts at 7 pm.

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