Meet the enigmatic artist Jonah, who goes under the moniker Kidepo, a name I only assume comes from the Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. We first came across this beautiful talent about three years ago when he placed an incredible song entitled ‘Reds’ on SoundCloud, which racked up over 156K plays. But it has been radio silence since, well until now that is as he has just released his debut EP ‘Reunion’. The five track EP explores the overall themes of finding identity in place. On his website Kidepo says “Places bury you, from the culture to the music, to the attitudes, it’s safe and warm down there”. The music as he describes is the sonic interpretation of the transition that came from travelling from England to Uganda and then onto New York before returning to the UK.
Kidepo’s EP goes from strength to strength on notable tracks like ‘Ramada’ with R&B and soul influences that sounds like a combination of Sampha and Kwabs. Onto tracks like ‘One’ and ‘Water’ where Kidepo showcases his smooth baritone vocals, a voice so special that you could listen to it for hours on end. It’s refreshing to see unlike most artists today, you can reach out to Jonah personally by calling and texting him as he shares his number on his website. It’s clear from his music, the artwork and his connection with listeners of his music, that Kidepo puts his all into his music and you can truly feel his heart and soul in every lyrics sung.