full name is Jordan Katembula and he's a very popular Zambian
vocalist, composer and producer. The fifth son of both a businessman
and woman, Jordan was born in 1978 in Ndola, Zambia. His junior
school was Chilengwa Basic School in Ndola and he completed
his secondary education at Lubuto School, also in Ndola. Jordan
started embracing music with his peers as early as the age of
eight whilst in his fourth year of junior school.
Jordan says : “I was always singing (at home, school),
always, but I chose to keep it to myself - maybe because at
the time I was not confident enough to sing to an audience.
I enjoyed it.”
Jordan stepped onto the show bizz gush in 1997 when he first
recorded his demo at The Savoy Hotel in Ndola with a band known
as The Ukwa Band. After huge applauses and credits, Jordan decided
to trek to Lusaka for greener pastures where he met one of Zambia’s
well-renowned rap artists MC Wabwino at the Heritage Studio.
It was at this point that J.K. was showcased when he featured
on MC Wabwino’s popular album Yamene Yamene.
Jordan goes on to explain: “In 1999, I felt it was time
to move on and create music and this prompted me to team up
with a very good friend, Kelvin Mwesa and together we formed
a group called New Age and I became the lead vocalist. Initially,
our intention as New Age was to produce a gospel album but then
we conscripted our sound engineer and producer Sebastian Mutale
and decided to change the whole gospel concept to something
more secular instead. We released two albums: our well renowned
debut Biyoyo and Chikokoshi, which did very
During the year 2000, Jordan also worked with the all-boy group
Just Close and sang with them on their smash hit 'Twamilumbanya',
which was featured on the Rhythm Nation Project. J.K.’s
unblemished voice also features on Shatel’s debut album
Chikondi, on the hit song 'Naitopela' that has dominated
He also wrote and produced the track 'Tamwagupile'. Now firmly
established as the leading Zambian musician of his generation,
J.K. has made a tremendous impact on the country's music scene
over the past year. His hit songs have dominated the airwaves
and his many concerts across the country have mesmerised audiences.
J.K.'s first solo album, self-titled JK was released
in 2001. In 2002, J.K. received a Ngoma Award as well as a KORA
Award nomination. He also performed in London and South Africa.
In addition, he has got critical acclaim and massive public
support for his many concerts and appearances.
J.K.'s second album, the 14-track Helena, was released
in 2003. It features a wonderful guest appearance by Zimbabwean
music legend Oliver Mtukudzi on a
track called 'Dzokera' in Shona and Bemba. J.K. uses different
languages - on Helena the title track is in Kiswahili:
in writing the lyrics J.K. meticulously used a Kiswahili dictionary.
J.K's style varies from upbeat dance raps, ragga, to slow ballads,
all of which he does equally well. 'Mbombola' on the CD JK
has a fantastic Congolese soukous beat.
With a very supportive team of people that he works with and
a determined and energetic attitude, J.K. is moving from strength