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

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This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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