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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.

Customer Reviews

A beautifully nuanced collage of soulfully rocking flavours - The Telegraph, UK

Kinshasa Succursale is the second full length recording by BALOJI, and his forst with Crammed. It is more than a follow up album, it is a completely new departure for the artist. Originally born in Lubumbashi in the south-eastern portion of the Congo, BALOJI immigrated to Belgium with his father at the age of four. His eternal quest for self-identity came to light when we spoke with his mother for the first time in 24 years. He knew he had to go back. This recording is the fruit of his return voyage to his motherland.

BALOJI scoured the streets of Kinshasa for the finest musicians and many of them appear here: Konono No 1, Zaïko Langa-Langa, Royce Mbumba, La chorale de la Grâce, Bebson de la Rue, and Moïse Illunga among others. This 13 track album features two bonus remixes: one by underground electronic legend dÉbruit, and the other by G77 with Blitz the Ambassador, Joya Mooi & Freddy Massamba, all players in the international African scene.

Yay!

Finally!! Baloji arrives to US itunes. Love his music. Need to put up the music video for Independence remix though!

World Music Classic-to-be

Greeted with near-hysteria in Europe, we've waited a while for the US release. Eclectic, funky, exotic, and musical. Give your ears a treat!

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

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...
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