If you couldn’t make it to last month’s edition of our annual Doin’ it in the Park festival, you missed out on an amazing gig by Baloji and his Orchestre de la Katuba. Fortunately there’s MTV Iggy. The web-only channel, which to us is the coolest MTV incarnation since they started broadcasting music videos a lifetime ago, focuses on indie music from around the world. This includes some of our popular African performers, and indeed Baloji did a set in NYC at a bar called Pete’s Candy Store which was recorded by MTV Iggy.
The place has an intimate vibe which was captured well on video, it’s the next best thing to a private concert in your living room. Watch ‘Nazongi’ below, plus a short interview, and go to the MTV Iggy site for more.
November 10, 2011 (12:24)
I am all the way in the middle of the Atlantic in the tiny island of Bermuda and Baloji has been my favourite artist since the first time I heard him on this website. My mother used to play Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela when I was growing up so I knew about African music and the level of musicianship from young. Baloji not only reminds of my youth but inspires me and gives me hope that one day the world will know the true level of artistic and intellectual talent of Africans across the continent.