“I think beauty has something to do with dignity. Even if they living in a crazy situation, they are so proud.” Baloji
Baloji is a poet, composer, lyricist, beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor and performer, video artist and stylist. After the release of his album Hotel Impala (2008), his Congolese reinterpretation ‘Kinshasa Succursale’ (2011) was highly lauded by the worlds press. After more than 200 live shows, Baloji’s new EP ’64 Bits and Malachite’ was a stirring return to form.
His music stands at the crossroads of African music, rap music, the French singer-songwriter tradition, Afro-American music (funk, soul, jazz) discovered through hip-hop culture and sampling; and electronic music (deep house) which has its roots in Belgium where Baloji grew up.
His showcase live set at Eurosonic (Sweden) in January was the talk of the festival and with Latitude and Glasgow’s BBC 6Music Festival his only other confirmed UK dates, we are honoured and very privileged to welcome Baloji and L’Orchestre de la Katuba to the beautiful Gisburn Forest to headline Saturday night. The live show combines live programming loops, electro synths and traditional rumba sound led by legendary guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku, while serving up politically and entertaining, uplifting dance music.