11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Countless young artists have emulated iconic predecessors like Bob Dylan, but Kenyan-born singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara is a Dylan disciple who managed to recenter his idol’s influence by applying a 21st-century immigrant’s perspective to his debut album. In songs like the a cappella “Turkish Bandana,” the sinuously bluesy “American Dream,” and the prayerful “God Bless America,” Ondara earnestly interrogates how the nation’s promises of welcome and prosperity can exclude outsiders. During the latter tune, he fingerpicks an acoustic guitar and quietly appeals, “Will you let me in, or are you at capacity? Will you set me free, or are you holding on to history?” Ondara sings with softly accented clarity over the warm glow and rootsy rustle of his production, drawing on Dylan’s poetic mystique and idealism rather than his trickster tendencies.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Countless young artists have emulated iconic predecessors like Bob Dylan, but Kenyan-born singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara is a Dylan disciple who managed to recenter his idol’s influence by applying a 21st-century immigrant’s perspective to his debut album. In songs like the a cappella “Turkish Bandana,” the sinuously bluesy “American Dream,” and the prayerful “God Bless America,” Ondara earnestly interrogates how the nation’s promises of welcome and prosperity can exclude outsiders. During the latter tune, he fingerpicks an acoustic guitar and quietly appeals, “Will you let me in, or are you at capacity? Will you set me free, or are you holding on to history?” Ondara sings with softly accented clarity over the warm glow and rootsy rustle of his production, drawing on Dylan’s poetic mystique and idealism rather than his trickster tendencies.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

slzeller ,

Stephanie

Wow! Just radomly chose to listen to a song when checking out new releases and found myself spellbound! Probably one of the best new artists I've heard in a decade!

Laanee ,

Beautiful

Lovely voice and great song! So glad I found this voice!

HosMurph ,

GREAT FIND

WHAT A INCREDIBLE VOICE. BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW !!!! GETTING TIRED OF THE SAME OLD HIP-HOP, RAP AND ROCK. EVERYONE SOUNDS LIKE the rest.

THIS IS VERY FRESH WITH A GREAT VOICE. WATCH OUT !!!!!

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