Jupiter is wearing a military frock coat. That's normal: he has been fighting for twenty years. But the cause he is committed to is in the name of the many different musical styles of his country. Jupiter is the singer of the group Okwess International, and, in the ghettos of Kinshasa, there are thousands like him who bring the Congolese nights alive with the sound of rap, soul, rumba-blues, Swahili ragga and electro-trad.
Behind this musical frenzy, there is the history of a country adrift, the Democratic Republic of Congo, six times the size of France with a population composed of four hundred and fifty different ethnic groups. Kinshasa, with its seven million inhabitants, was until the end of the eighties the musical capital of Africa, where hundreds of traditional ethnic musical styles were crossed with the South-American rhythms brought there by the Portuguese.
And in spite of the wars, the pillaging and the exoduses that succeeded the overthrow of the dictator Mobutu in 1997, an incredible energy continues to flow out of the ghettos of Kinshasa into which Jupiter takes us. In rags, Armani suits or military uniform, the people of Kinshasa dance on the edge of the volcano to the sound of the Ndomdolo.