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J.P. Bimeni


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    I Miss You - Radio Edit - The Black Belts
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    Don't Fade Away - The Black Belts
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    Same Man - The Black Belts
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    Honesty Is a Luxury - The Black Belts
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    Free Me - The Black Belts
J.P. Bimeni is the Burundian-born, London based singer with a voice laced with pain, yearning and soul.
On his debut single, I Miss You (Radio Edit) 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 since.
With classic 60s-sounding Motown and Stax-inspired grooves the album was written by musical director Eduardo Martínez and songwriters Marc Ibarz, Lucas Duplá 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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