Dodo NKishi

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Dodo NKishi
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Dodo NKishi
Background information
Birth name Jean-Dominique NKishi
Also known as Jean NKishi, NKishi wa Mulopwe, Dominic NKishi
Born (1966-04-21) 21 April 1966 (age 51)
Origin Düsseldorf, Germany
Genres Reggae, soul, soukous, pop, IDM, ambient, experimental, trip hop, electro, acoustic, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion, guitar, flutes
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Gizmo
Mouse on Mars

Dodo NKishi is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer for the band Mouse on Mars.


Reggae and Soul form the basis to his approach towards music. Growing up a multi-racial child (his father being from Kinshasa, Congo and his mother from Kleve, Germany), has had a strong influence on his perception and interpretation of sounds and music.


NKinshi founded "La Vie", his first group, in 1979. A reggae outfit, which made a name for itself for their mature lyrics and compositions, as well as their entertaining and tight performances.[citation needed] Although they never officially released any recordings, their consistent live performances assured them a fast-growing and loyal fan base, and the founders continued to explore various forms of reggae until 1985.

Following his move to England, in 1986, Dodo soon began working with a variety of bands, musicians and producers, as well as engaging in a brief stint in the world of acting, participating in Ray Shell's musical "Street Angels". Following a sudden signing of a major publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Ltd., in 1991, the indirect result of winning the first prize for the Grolsch Question of Style song-writing contest, he started work on his debut album and began putting together a band. But although his efforts made it to the release of the 12 inch single "Bringing in JAH Love" (1991, Node Records), as well as a handful of concerts in London, by the end of the same year, he split with his manager and soon after, found himself bankrupt.

Soon after meeting and thereon co-producing their only release T.O.T. for the project Loophole, together with Andi Toma and Raoul Walton in 1993 in Germany, Dodo met and began his long-term collaboration with Mouse on Mars in 1994, and has since been their drummer and vocalist, as well as continuing co-writing and programming with the influential duo.

He is also official drummer and backing-vocalist of the Berlin-Milan based quartet Pet, founded by Andre Abshagen, and co-wrote on their 2006 release Rewind The Sofa Lady. Over the years, Dodo has continued to intensify his live and studio collaborations with such international artists as Stewart Copeland (Gizmo), Herbert Grönemeyer (Mensch), Vittorio Cosma, Charles Bullen (This Heat, Circadian Rhythms), Changuito (on the album Syncopation), Stefano Ghittoni and Cesare Malfatti of The Dining Rooms, with whom he started Sembro, an electro-acoustic soul-folk oriented project, as well as many others, and further continues to spread his message of one love.


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