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Ballet & Ndombolo: Baloji's Beautiful Kinshasa Dance

Baloji and dancer Jolie Ngemi bring their hypnotizing, Kinshaha-born dance to Fondation Cartier's "Congo Kitoko" exhibition.

Congolese songwriter and producer Baloji took part of Fondation Cartier's "Congo Kitoko" exhibition last year.


For his contribution, Baloji reimagined the political themes of his single “Unité & Litre”—a sharp critique of the power and influence that cellphone companies and alcohol industries have on Congolese society—through dance.

Baloji called on dancer and choreographer Jolie Ngemi, who'd starred in the original music video for the single, to bring her hypnotizing, Kinshasa-crafted dances to the Parisian exhibit.

“This movie is an extension of the self-directed 'Unité & Litre' video that follows the Congolese dancer Jolie—a student at the P.A.R.T.S. dance school under Ann Keersmaeker—to several locations around Kinshasa, including some local artist working places," Baloji writes to Okayafrica.

"Based on that need to visualize African art through a local perspective, not only a mercantile angle for the art-fair markets, we thought of filming Jolie in the 'Congo Kitoko' exhibition that happened at Fondation Cartier last winter. We deconstructed Jolie's choreography, which is a combination of Ballet, Ndombolo (Congolese hip-centered dance), Azonto, Capoeira, and contemporary dances, to the sound of FINI's remix."

Accompanying the film is a brand new remix of Baloji's "Spoiler" from Coely, which brings some "Fugees energy," Baloji mentions, to the original. Check it out below.

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For years, the Congolese-Belgian artist has paired his unique blend of soukous, hip-hop and pop elements with sharp critiques about the power that governments, industries and technology have over societies—particularly across Africa.

Recently, Baloji release his latest album, 137 Kaniama, a 12-song record which offered potent commentary on, among other issues, how today's cellphone culture is making all of us zombies. That album is going to be re-released its originally-intended form of a one-track single as Kaniama: The Yellow Version tomorrow.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

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The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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