J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts

J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts – Free Me (CD)

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A royal refugee turned soul survivor.
On his debut album Free Me, Burundian-born JP Bimeni astonishes
with a voice that recalls Otis Redding in his prime whilst resonating
with the soul of Africa. A refugee who’s been living in London since the
early 2000s, Bimeni sings songs of love and loss, hope and fear, with a
conviction that comes from the extraordinary experiences life has thrown
at him.
A descendant of the Burundian royal family, Bimeni fled Burundi aged 15
during the 1993 civil war. Following three attempts on his life – at school
he watched as his schoolmates were murdered, he was then chased by
motorcycle militia-men and finally poisoned by doctors in hospital – he
was given refugee status and fled to the UK where he’s remained ever
Music has provided the solace that Bimeni has needed to move forward
with his life: “If I didn’t have music I don´t know how I would have survived
everything”, he says. With it’s classic 60s-sounding Motown and Staxinspired
grooves the album was written by musical director Eduardo
Marti?nez and songwriter Marc Ibarz and Bimeni imbues these tales of
love and loss with his tragic experiences making ‘Free Me’ a deep soul
soundtrack to his pained life: “When I sing I feel like I’m cleansing myself:
music is a way for me to forget”.

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