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Introducing J.P. Bimeni…a royal refugee turned soul survivor
J.P. Bimeni is the Burundian-born, London based singer with a voice laced with pain, yearning and soul. His debut single, 'I Miss You' embodies heart-lifting hope that he carries with him having narrowly escaped the Burundian civil war at the end of last century.
Bimeni is paired with the Black Belts, a funk outfit from Spain. The ballad sees Bimeni’s jaw-dropping vocals in full bloom pitted against a gritty and cinematic sound of epic wailing horns and a soaring gospel organ. The track comes from his first ever album entitled Free Me scheduled for release in Autumn 2018, also on Spanish label Tucxone Records.
There aren’t too many with a story like J.P. Bimeni. “Burundi is a country at war with itself and my family is a microcosm of this”, says J.P. who was born to a republican-leaning, high-ranking military official father and a mother who was a descendant of the royal family. A civil war began in 1993, an inter ethnic conflict with massive loss of life. Bimeni was targeted, followed and shot through the chest, left on the brink of death. After hearing later that he was on the wanted list from his hospital bed in Kenya, he registered as a refugee and applied for a scholarship program run by the UN Refugee Agency. At 16, he left Africa for a college in Wales with a chance of a better life and the opportunity to make music for a living.
Bimeni's new album features ten songs of love and loss, hope and fear, with a voice that recalls Otis Reding in his prime and with a conviction that comes out of the extraordinary experiences life has thrown at him.
Now that you're gone
time seems so long
I did my way alone
day by day, until now
in someway you're still here
some part of you is gone away
It's killing me, I can't go on
All the love, where does it go?
to a place where they are lucky/the lucky are, so
I will pay the highest fee
for a moment just you and me
for the rest of my life
you will be by my side
waiting here with hope
it will come a day to see you again
I miss you
I'm missing you babe
I miss you so
I'm missing you to the bones
For the rest of my life
I will try to survive
but I keep you all the time inside of my mind
All I can do is cry and cry
I missing you so much
I miss your smile,
I miss your moles,
I miss your skin,
I miss your jokes,
I miss your face,
I miss your touch,
I miss you all, so much
released July 6, 2018
J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts are:
J.P. Bimeni "The Roaring Lion of Africa" - Voice
Rodrigo Díaz “El niño” - Drums
Pablo Cano “Bass man” - Bass
Fernando Vasco “Dos pistolas” - Guitar
Alex Larraga “Subtle Man” - Keyboards
Ricardo Martinez “Richy” - Trumpet
Rafael Díaz “Salsofon” - Sax
Eduardo “Duduman” Martínez – Guitar
Lucas “Duplash” Duplá – Keyboards
J.P. Bimeni is the Burundian-born,
London based singer with a voice laced with pain, yearning and soul. His debut single, 'I Miss You' embodies heart-lifting hope that he carries with him having narrowly escaped the Burundian civil war at the end of last century.
Bimeni is paired with the Black Belts, a funk outfit from Spain....more
supported by 7 fans who also own “I Miss You (Radio Edit)”
This reminds me of hanging in dank basements with musicians way better than me and just being in awe of the emotions they could pull out of listeners.
Really stunning stuff, I hope it promises a lot more to come. Solvent