DJ and musical mastermind Gilles Peterson curated a festival in London this weekend called Traction. Among the few he chose to play were grime pop group Plugs, and classical interpreters of EDM The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, who are both, shall we say, interesting. But the one who stood out the most to me was Baloji, whose sound draws heavily on Congolese Zaiko, and I just had to share.
Born in the Congo in 1978, Baloji ended up in Belgium at the age of 3 and was a rapping by the time he was 16. Check this amazing video from his 2010 album Kinshasa Succursale, shot in the streets of Kinshasa and inspired by Muhammad Ali's legendary "Rumble In The Jungle" there.