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  • blog July 10, 2017

    Field Report: Indian Ocean Music Market and Sakifo Festival

    Feature image above: Pachibaba, photo credit Fabien-Tressaille.   Every year at the end of May/early June, the tropical island of Réunion (in French: La Réunion), a French overseas department located east of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean, … Read more »

  • blog October 21, 2015

    Baloji’s New Video: A Critique of the Alcohol Industrial Complex

    Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji has been a busy man in recent weeks. From collaborations with artists like the noirwave pioneer Petite Noir, to his own highly ambitious projects, it seems like Baloji is dropping dopeness everywhere. A little over a month … Read more »

  • blog October 20, 2015

    Petite Noir’s New Video: A Virtual Reality Trip

    Cape Town-based Congolese-Angolan musician and producer Yannick Ilunga, a.k.a. Petite Noir, released the futuristic visuals of “La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful” featuring Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji. Petite Noir describes his sound and style of music as “Noirwave,” or African new wave. … Read more »

  • blog September 3, 2015

    Baloji’s New Video Offers Astronauts, Social Critique

    Nunchucks and steam-punk astronauts, alongside lyrics about the exploitation intertwined in rare earth mineral mining, and footage from a real funeral: Baloji’s self-directed video for “Capture” really covers the spectrum. But then, he’s a rapper who fuses Congolese rumba with Latin … Read more »

  • program November 13, 2014

    Afropop Live! NYC, Musical Metropolis

    What do you get when you combine Congolese rapper Baloji, Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan, Jamaican guitarist Brushy One-String, and Mauritanian vocal powerhouse Noura Mint Seymali? 2014’s jaw-dropping GlobalFEST. What do you get when you combine live recordings of these artists … Read more »

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