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Baloji is a masterful Belgian rapper of Congolese origin who has already collaborated with Africa Express by Damon Albarns and many others. His previous album 137 Avenue Kaniama - named after the address in Lubumbashi where Baloji saw his lost mother again - dates back to 2018. Anno 2024, Baloji is all the way back - and how!

AUGURE is the moniker of his challenging project that takes three miraculous forms. For One, AUGURE is Baloji's debut as a director. It immediately landed him in the official selection of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, for the prize in the 'Un Certain Regard' category.

AUGURE is also a monumental album, composed of 4 EPs with a total of 36 songs, written from the point of view of the four main characters in the film. To top it off, AUGURE is also a veritable expo taking place at the prestigious MOMU (Fashion Museum) in Antwerp.

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Fusing funk and ragga with the urban sounds of his Congo homeland, Baloji has been labeled as one of the most innovative rappers ever to emerge from Africa. Born in Lubumbashi in 1978, he moved to Ostend, Belgium with his father at the age of three, and after developing a love of French hip-hop, he formed the collective Starflam in his teens. After initially giving up his musical ambitions, he was then inspired to write his 2007 autobiographical debut, Hotel Impala, after receiving a letter from his mother, whom he hadn't seen in 21 years. Championed by influential DJ Gilles Peterson, he was then invited to join Damon Albarn's Africa Express project before releasing 2012's Kinshasa Succursale.


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