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.