Video: Make Way for the Sorcerer: Baloji

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire) and raised partially in Begium, Baloji (which means “sorcerer” in Chiluba and Swahili) struggled with his name in childhood, as it is often thought of as a curse in his culture.  But Baloji has managed to capture his native country’s thirst for life, history, and culture with his muisc  -  often rhyming over a combination of the old and new drums and instrumentation, he's developed a truly unique sound.  “Le Jours D'Après” is a reprise of the African independence anthem written in 1960 which pays homage to the musicians in that era.

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Still taken from 'Nkulunkulu' music video.

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While Kamo Mphela's comparison to the late Lebo Mathosa has been front and centre, it's really her vibrant amapiano EP 'Nkulunkulu' that should be centre stage.

South African amapiano artist, Kamo Mphela, has been a major talking point on social media recently after one fan on social media compared her to the late kwaito artist, Lebo Mathosa. While the debate focused on whether the comparison had any merit to it (as is often the case in comparisons between new wave and veteran artists), what is undeniable is the talent of both women. Twenty-one-year-old Mphela, who released her Nkulunkulu EP last week, delivered a vibrant project which deserves to be acknowledged beyond conversations that unwittingly take away from her own journey as an upcoming artist.

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