J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara

credit: Josh Cheuse

J.S. Ondara offers a unique take on the American dream on Tales of America, his debut album, out February 15th on Verve Forecast. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. After discovering the music of Bob Dylan, he moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career in music. There he began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home.
From a stockpile he says is hundreds of songs deep, Ondara chose 11 for Tales of America. They’re captivating tunes built around acoustic guitars and adorned with subtle full-band accompaniment for an openhearted folk-rock feel.



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Genre: Folk
Subgenre: Acoustic
From: Nairobi, KENYA