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

Image via Sheila Afari PR.

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We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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