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The playlist: African pop – Baloji, Sipho the Gift, Runtown and more
Electronic rap from Baloji, dancehall from Runtown and South African hip-hop from DJ Clock

Phiona Okumu

08, Sep, 2015 @2:00 PM

Baloji – review

Baloji deserves a bigger audience for his energetic, engaging and highly original jumble of Congolese music and hip-hop, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

29, Nov, 2012 @5:54 PM

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This week's new live music

Baloji | Tinariwen | Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival | Wolfgang Rihm | Django Bates' Beloved | Purity Ring

John Robinson, John Fordham & Andrew Clements

24, Nov, 2012 @12:05 AM

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Baloji takes hip-hop attitude to Congo

Distinctive Belgian-Congolese rapper says playing with accepted codes and conventions brings new meanings to his art

Andreas Hansen and Karen Obling for Addis Rumble, part of the Guardian Africa Network

20, Nov, 2012 @12:04 PM

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Africa Express: a magical mystery tour

Eighty musicians, one train and a string of stops across Britain. This could be the most extraordinary tour of the year, says Caspar Llewellyn Smith

Caspar Llewellyn Smith

25, Aug, 2012 @11:05 PM

Baloji/Orchestra Baobab – review
A young contender from the Congo goes head-to-head with the greatest veteran band in west Africa, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

31, Jan, 2012 @3:38 PM

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Baloji: Karibu Ya Bintou - video

Skeletons stalk the streets of Kinshasa, Congo, and meet fire-eaters and wrestlers in this short film of Baloji's impassioned track, Karibu, from the album Kinshasa Succursale. Directed by Spike and Jones

04, Dec, 2011 @12:05 AM

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Baloji: Le jour d'apres - video

Baloji adds his talents to those of veteran Congolese musicians for a lyrical reworking of a classic hymn to independence. Directed by Spike and Jones

04, Dec, 2011 @12:01 AM

Baloji: Kinshasa Succursale – review
Francophonic rap meets traditional African sounds on Baloji's engaging roots albums, writes Neil Spencer

Neil Spencer

27, Nov, 2011 @12:04 AM

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Music Weekly podcast: St Vincent

Singer-songwriter Annie Erin Clark, aka St Vincent, talks about making her new album, while we review tracks from Leonard Cohen, J Cole and Trey Songz, and Congolese rapper Baloji

Presented by Alexis Petridis and produced by Scott Cawley

25, Nov, 2011 @4:31 PM

Baloji: Kinshasa Succursale – review
The rapper returns to the country of his birth for an entertaining set that's largely thanks to the fine Kinshasa musicians he persuaded to join him, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

24, Nov, 2011 @10:25 PM

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