Baloji is an artist in motion, a musician, poet, film director, a man of images and ideas.

He’s in motion like the inhabitants of Avenue Kaniama in Lubumbashi. In motion like the synthetic afro beats he produces, the fruit of an unlikely alliance between rock- rumba and futurist funk. In perpetual motion, like his limbs on stage as he fronts the Kaniama Show band, leading them in a sensual voodoo trance.

In motion like the era captured by his pen, an era where the intimate and the political come together and clash.

137 Avenue Kaniama is Baloji’s third album and the first to appear on the Bella Union label (John Grant, Fleet Foxes, Beach House...).

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted as a result of Christian evangelisation, to signify “man of the occult sciences” and then “sorcerer”.

Baloji was born in Lubumbashi (DRC Congo) and grew up in Belgium. As a teenager, he started his first rap collective, Starflam. In 2008, as Baloji, he released “Hotel Impala” an album conceived as a reply to a letter he received from his mother after a 25-year absence.



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. 

Born  in  Ghana  to  a  native  mother  and  British  expatriate  father,  Rebecca  then  moved  to  Nigeria  when  she  was  just  one  week  old.  She  comes  from  an  especially  musical  household,  her  father;  an  avid  fan  spent  his  spare  time  as  a  composer.  Rebecca’s  younger  sister  is  also  a  musician,  the  Afrobeats  artist  Lola  Rae.  Having  grown  up  in  such  a  unique  household,  consuming  a  wealth  of  different  genres  came  naturally  to  Rebecca. 

In  2014,  Rebecca  posted  an  acoustic  cover  of  Emily  Sandé’s  Break  the  Law.  It’s  since  amassed  almost  5,000  views,  while  her  stripped  back,  Sade-like  vocals  attracted  a  flood  of  positive  attention  and  soon  led  to  a  management  deal.  With  a  renewed  confidence,  Rebecca  performed  a  small  show  in  Brixton  and  began  studio  sessions  with  a  producer.  Before  long,  key  industry  players  got  wind  of  her  talent,  including  Krept  and  Konan,  who  asked  Rebecca  to  lend  her  vocals  on  their  seminal  2015  album,  The  Long  Way  Home.  She  ended  up  collaborating  on  three  songs,  Wait  Up  for  Me,  Fell  Apart  /  Lucky  Ones  and  I  Don’t  Know.  The  same  year,  she  was  booked  to  support  August  Alsina  at  London’s  Indigo  O2,  her  biggest  show  to  date.

Baloji / Rebecca Garton

16 Oct 2018

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