Kongo Astronauts

Kongo Astronauts: Au bord du présent

A mix of new and future roots from Kinshasa featuring Bebson de la rue, Strombo Kayumba, Didje Angleterre, Village papa nyangombe, Lova Lova alias Willfried Beki and Michel Ekeba. Selected and hosted by Kongo Astronauts for the Pan African Space Station.

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PASS in Paris: Kongo Astronauts

Invented in 2013, Kinshasa-based crew, Kongo Astronauts imaginatively step through visual concepts, sounds, texts, space and time. Their urban or rural landings explore the sparcity of terrains along with postcolonial realities and dilemmas. Whether at Zongo Falls, the streets of Kin la Belle, or in music videos by Konono No.1 or Baloji, Kongo Astronauts as SPARCK say: “cannot be pinned down as art, [they] cannot be policed by an art world intimately linked to the structures of power that govern us.” …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Baloji

Lubumbashi-born, Brussels-based Baloji has been turning heads with his wordplay and styles since joining Belgian hip-hop crew Starflam Collective as a teenager. As a solo artist he released Hotel Impala in 2008, then reinterpreted the album in 2010 with Kinshasa Succursale including collaborations with Zaïko Langa Langa, Konono N°1, and Amp Fiddler. Baloji’s latest venture saw him travel again in DRC. “Capture”, the first song released from his 64 Bits & Malachite EP, is co-produced with Olugbenga and features Muanza and …  ( continue reading

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