Baloji shares video for “Spoiler”

With his new EP 64 bits & Malachite due for release 4th November on Bella Union, BALOJI has today premiered the video to lead track “Spoiler”via NOISEY. Directed by Baloji himself, the video features four generations of Congolese musicians on stage at the Kinshasa art school during a graduation ceremony and demonstrates Baloji’s commitment to the sounds of Congolese rumba. In the video, Baloji features Malage de Lugendo of the popular 70’s band Zaiko Langa Langa, as well as singer Klody Ndongala who become famous in the 90’s from singing in La Vie Est Belle alongside Congolese star Papa Wemba. The 80’s style is extended to the band uniforms worn by Baloji and his band led by Dizzy Mandjeku, playing with double deck guitars, bass key-tars and drums pads. According to Baloji: “Spoiler is about the people that remind you of reality when the party ends, spoiling the good times.” Follow the link below to watch…

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. “64 bits & Malachite” offers a musical style based in these cross-fertilisations and collaborations, unbridled and freed from the labels of “genres”.

Baloji has a number of upcoming European headline shows and festival appearances throughout the Autumn, including Iceland Airwaves in early November. Next month he’ll also be visiting these shores, headlining the Moth Club in Hackney. Date/info below:

Thursday 24th November – LONDON – Moth Club tickets

64 bits & Malachite will be available 4th November via Bella Union. Baloji photo below: