The dancefloor is no place
for sad talk according to Baloji
in his new video Spoiler
Baloji is back with the new video Spoiler. The insanely catchy track is a put down to killjoys in the club, warning them to leave their worries at home and boogie. The rapper explains: “We have two bars that sum it up perfectly: ‘Since when do we talk on the dancefloor? I know that everything fades away. When the masks fall.’ Spoiler is about people reminding you what tomorrow morning will bring.”
The video is the latest in a long line of promos Baloji has shot in Kinshasa and sees him perform on the stage of the city’s art school alongside four generations of Congolese musicians. Among them are Malage De Lugendo from the 1970s band Zaiko Langa Langa, Klody Ndongala who rose to fame in the 1990s for singing on La Vie Est Belle with Papa Wemba, and artists from the late Wendo Kolosoy's Bakolo Music International. “They all feature alongside members of my beloved band, led by Didier Likeng and Papa Dizzy with his double slay guitar, and the dance crew led by Aurel Zola.”
The Congolese / Belgian artist whose uncompromising sound fuses rhumba, rap, funk, electro and everything in between, directed the video himself. He also styled the band in impeccable suits in collaboration with Sam Lambert of Art Comes First and Virginie During at Cafe Costume.
Baloji has just signed to UK imprint Bella Union so expect his long-awaited 64 Bits and Malachite EP to drop in November (read our full interview with him here) followed by a London gig. His third full-length album will follow in the first half of 2017. Until then, dance - that’s an order.
64 Bits and Malachite EP (Bella Union) is out 4 November. Baloji plays Moth in London on 24 November