Baloji is a poet, musician and director. He also acts as creative director for brands and on special projects (concepts, art direction) and has modelled for Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Kris Van Assche and Edun+Diesel.
Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted as a result of Christian evangelization, to signify “man of the occult sciences
and sorcery”.
Baloji released his first solo album, Hotel Impala, in 2008. His Congolese reinterpretation of that project, Kinshasa Succursale (2011) was created in collaboration with musicians from the DRC and awarded 4 stars by the world’s press (NYT, Guardian, El Pais, Les Inrocks..).
After touring the album worldwide, he released the critically acclaimed EP 64 Bits
& Malachite in 2016 on the Bella Union label (the home of Beach House, Father John Mistry, John Grant and more).
His second album Avenue Kaniama, to be released in March 2018, is accompanied
by a short film of the same name. Baloji’s acting projects have included roles in a number of films with directors as diverse as Andrew Dosunmu (Nigeria), Michael Roskam (Belgium), Everaldo Gout (Mexico),Thomas Vincent (France) and Nigel Thilmon (USA).
He is currently working on his first feature film, Mama Nzinga.