Tag: Baloji

Baloji: ‘In Congo, we had gold, but turned it to something that had no value …’

New York is an amazing city, especially from a hip-hop perspective. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can see that hip-hop is part of the culture, not just something that you watch on TV. But for me – doing music that is mostly in French and not in some Congolese language that sounds exotic for Western people – it’s a difficult market. I take everything that happens here like a plus one. I’m not supposed to be here.

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‘Very African and Very Modern’

It may be tempting to read Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji’s music as a relatively straightforward exercise in “indigenizing” or localizing hip-hop, but the story of his transnational musical moorings — especially his ambivalence toward Congolese pop — complicates such an interpretation.

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Baloji Live

[vodpod id=Video.4686469&w=500&h=411&fv=] Last week, Baloji played at Les Nuits Zébrées (Montpellier, France). Arte was there…

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