15 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Congo-born Belgian emcee Baloji returns to his roots on 2012’s Kinshasha Succursale. On a version of “Le Jour D’Apres/Siku Ya Baadaye (Independence Cha-Cha)” by the legendary soukous band Grand Kalle, Royce Mbumba’s sweet vocals and Baloji’s harsh flow make a striking contrast. “Karibu Ya Bintou” is graced by Konono No. 1’s delightful amplified kilembes (thumb pianos) and percussion. “Congo Eza Ya Biso (Le Secours Populaire),” with the lovely La Chorale de la Grace, is an explosive groove of cycling guitars and rumbling drums. The reggae-inflected track “Kyniwa-Kyniwa” features guest Bebson De La Rue, while “Genese 89” finds Baloji intoning in a spare percussion-and-backup-vocals setting. Old-school R&B and Marvin Gaye get a nod on “Nazongi Ndako (Part 1),” which spotlights the vocals of Amp Fiddler. The bonus tracks include a reworking of “Karibu Ya Bintou” and a remix of “Independence Cha Cha” that features appearances by Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador and others.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Congo-born Belgian emcee Baloji returns to his roots on 2012’s Kinshasha Succursale. On a version of “Le Jour D’Apres/Siku Ya Baadaye (Independence Cha-Cha)” by the legendary soukous band Grand Kalle, Royce Mbumba’s sweet vocals and Baloji’s harsh flow make a striking contrast. “Karibu Ya Bintou” is graced by Konono No. 1’s delightful amplified kilembes (thumb pianos) and percussion. “Congo Eza Ya Biso (Le Secours Populaire),” with the lovely La Chorale de la Grace, is an explosive groove of cycling guitars and rumbling drums. The reggae-inflected track “Kyniwa-Kyniwa” features guest Bebson De La Rue, while “Genese 89” finds Baloji intoning in a spare percussion-and-backup-vocals setting. Old-school R&B and Marvin Gaye get a nod on “Nazongi Ndako (Part 1),” which spotlights the vocals of Amp Fiddler. The bonus tracks include a reworking of “Karibu Ya Bintou” and a remix of “Independence Cha Cha” that features appearances by Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador and others.

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About Baloji

Fusing funk and ragga with the urban sounds of his Congo homeland, Baloji has been labeled as one of the most innovative rappers ever to emerge from Africa. Born in Lubumbashi in 1978, he moved to Ostend, Belgium with his father at the age of three, and after developing a love of French hip-hop, he formed the collective Starflam in his teens. After initially giving up his musical ambitions, he was then inspired to write his 2007 autobiographical debut, Hotel Impala, after receiving a letter from his mother, whom he hadn't seen in 21 years. Championed by influential DJ Gilles Peterson, he was then invited to join Damon Albarn's Africa Express project before releasing 2012's Kinshasa Succursale. ~ Jon O'Brien

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