Taken from his forthcoming EP, 64 bits & Malachite, out on November 11th via Bella Union, Spoiler is apparently about “the people that remind you of reality when the party ends, spoiling the good times.” At least that’s according to its creator, Congolese-born, Belgium-based poet, composer, lyricist, beat maker, scriptwriter, actor, video artist and stylist, Baloji.
Mixing up traditional African music, hip-hop, French folk, soul, funk, jazz and electronic, Baloji’s music is not the everyday humdrum, and Spoiler exudes this confidence and swagger as it mixes up the new and the old, and fires it through an afro-funk cannon. Full of life and vibrancy, if you don’t like this there’s something wrong with you.
The video features four generations of Congolese musicians on stage at the Kinshasa art school during a graduation ceremony and demonstrates Baloji’s commitment to the sounds of Congolese rumba. The video contains Malage de Lugendo of the popular 70’s band Zaiko Langa Langa, as well as singer Klody Ndongala who become famous in the 90’s from singing in La Vie Est Belle alongside Congolese star Papa Wemba. Needless to say it’s directed by the multi talented Baloji himself.
Take a look, here