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Baloji

137 Avenue Kaniama

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CD

Released: 23rd Mar 2018

£10.99


2LP + download

Released: 23rd Mar 2018

£24.99


merging the soul, funk and jazz elements of African music, traditional and Afro-American music with the modern culture of sampling and electronic music (trance, deep house), this vibrant afro-electronic record has its feet planted in baloji’s native belgium.

Baloji means ‘man of science’ in Swahili but during the colonial period that meaning shifted to ‘man of the occult sciences and sorcery’. Baloji reconciles all these influences to enrich his projects. Baloji is a poet, composer-lyricist, scriptwriter, actor and performer, video artist and stylist. fans of konono no 1, batida, and baba commandant & the mandingo band will adore this. “afro-funk and elaborate poetry from Congolese émigré […] a powerful, unusual record” 8/10 – uncut.

137 Avenue Kaniama

Tracklist

  1. Glossine (Zombie)
  2. L'hiver indien - Ghetto Mirador
  3. Bipolaire - Les Noir
  4. Ensemble (Wesh)
  5. Spotlight
  6. Soleil de Volt
  7. Ciel d'encre
  8. Peau de Chagrin - Bleu de nuit
  9. L'art de la fugue - Le vide
  10. Passat & Bovary
  11. La derrière pluie - Inconnu à cette adresse
  12. Kongaulois
  13. Tropisme - Start-up
  14. Tanganyika