Baloji Announces North American Tour Dates

Baloji's North American 2011 tour dates

Belgian/Congolese rapper Baloji, who charmed and rocked crowds in NYC this past summer with his seamless blend of traditional African music and hip-hp, has announced dates for a North American tour (see below). For those of you who have not yet heard the French-speaking MC and his band, check out the video for "Independence Cha-Cha" after the jump, and visit Baloji on the web right here.

June 30 - MONTREAL - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

July 1 - MONTREAL - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

July 2 - BROOKLYN - Weeksville Garden Party

July 3 - NYC - Summerstage Central Park –


July 7 - CHICAGO - Millenium Park Music Without Borders

July 8 - MADISON - Free Festival

July 9 - CHICAGO - Old Town School of Folk Music

July 12 - QUEBEC - Festival d'Eté de Québec

July 13 - QUEBEC - Festival d'Eté de Québec

July 14 - OTTAWA - TBA

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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