Baloji

Of Congolese origin and based in Belgium, Baloji is a poet, composer, lyricist, beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, video artist and stylist. His music stands at the crossroads of African music, rap, the French singer-songwriter tradition, afro-american music (soul, funk, jazz) discovered via hip hop culture and sampling; and electronic music (trance, deep house) which was prevalent in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery”. By placing his resilience at the centre of his work, Baloji reconciles all these influences to enrich his creative projects. “64 bits & Malachite” offers a musical style based in these cross-fertilisations and collaborations, unbridled and freed from the labels of “genres”.

64 bits is the current reference for processors. It evokes the idea of built-in obsolescence; how previous versions, even if they still function, are designed to become useless. Malachite is a green-layered stone found in Katanga (DRC Congo). 64 Bits & Malachite mines our operating systems: it is a metaphor of our era, a melody of diaspora; a nomadic music between encounters and collisions.

64 bits & Malachite will be available 4th November 2016 via Bella Union.

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  • 26 May 2017 Durban at Zakifo Music Festival
  • 27 May 2017 Johannesburg at Bassline Africa Day
  • 28 May 2017 Swartland at MTN Bushfire 2017
  • 02 Jun 2017 Reunion Island at Sakifo Festival
  • 04 Jun 2017 Brieux at Artrock Festival
  • 15 Jun 2017 Bari at Bari Jazz
  • 17 Jun 2017 Bergen at Bergen Festival
  • 24 Jun 2017 Glastonbury at Glastonbury Festival
  • 01 Jul 2017 Brussels at Couleur Café
  • 07 Jul 2017 Rotterdam at North Sea Jazz 2017
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