14 Songs, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Belgium-raised super emcee Baloji is one of those rare talents whose output we'll fully appreciate once our focus shifts to embracing the uplifting tales of those who stood up for what's right. Not only that, he's got the bars to match and a stage presence with a high sizzle factor. Baloji paints pictures with words, then creates worlds that will hold you close and guard humanity when Armageddon befalls us. He continues his complex Congotronic sound exploits here, pitching his tent in pitch-dark conditions ("Bipolaire—Les Noirs") while also functioning as the source of sunshine ("Soleil de Volt"). Dance along—humanity depends on it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Belgium-raised super emcee Baloji is one of those rare talents whose output we'll fully appreciate once our focus shifts to embracing the uplifting tales of those who stood up for what's right. Not only that, he's got the bars to match and a stage presence with a high sizzle factor. Baloji paints pictures with words, then creates worlds that will hold you close and guard humanity when Armageddon befalls us. He continues his complex Congotronic sound exploits here, pitching his tent in pitch-dark conditions ("Bipolaire—Les Noirs") while also functioning as the source of sunshine ("Soleil de Volt"). Dance along—humanity depends on it.

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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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