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Fusing funk and ragga with the urban sounds of his Congo homeland, Baloji has been labelled as one of the most innovative rappers ever to emerge from Africa.
Born in Lubumbashi in 1978, he moved to Ostend, Belgium with his father at the age of three, and after developing a love of French hip-hop, he formed the collective Starflam one of Belgium’s most successful hip-hop crews.
Championed by influential DJ Gilles Peterson, he was then invited to join Damon Albarn‘s Africa Express project before releasing 2012’s Kinshasa Succursale.
He marries rap with a glittering casket of African and African diaspora styles, from mellifluous soukous through funk and ragga to the raw sound of traditional urban Congolese music.
Rebecca Garton is at a pivotal point in her career. Armed with a new EP of songs that span Afrobeat, R&B and pop influences, and recently co-signed by one of her heroes, Wiley, she should be in a place of giddy enthusiasm. But the laidback singer is taking things in her stride. Affable and honest, the Ghanaian born musician exudes wisdom, a unique kind of emotional intelligence.