Baloji, whose name means “sorcerer” in Swahili, was born in Congo in 1978. At the age of four, he arrived in Belgium with his father and grew up in Liège. As an adolescent, he discovered Hip Hop, a passion for tagging, rhyme and dance. At fifteen he joined the Starflam Collective, a figurehead of Belgian Hip Hop, who released the platinum selling disc “Survivan”. It was a letter from his mother, whom he had not seen since 1981, and winning a poetry competition in Paris, that pushed him back into pursuing music. His first solo recording, “Hotel Impala”, as much of a response to the letter of his mother as it is a quest to find his identity, is coloured with influences of Soul, Afrobeat, and Hip Hop. After the release of “Hotel Impala”, Baloji felt an urge to go to the Congo and start a deeper exploration of his roots. When he touched down in Kinshasa, he collaborated with artists such as Konono No1 and Zaïko Langa Langa which resulted in his second album “Kinshasa Succursale”.
Baloji is now signed to Island Records and we are eagerly awaiting his forthcoming EP 64 Bit & Malachite. Till then get acquainted…
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