Baloji did not exactly have an easy childhood. Born in Congo, he was taken to Belgium at a young age by his father, tearing him away from his mother, his country and all that was familiar to him. At fifteen, he found some release in the hip hop collective Starflam, based in Liège. From then on, Baloji has been the artist we get to meet at Crossing Border: a rapping preacher, who fills his electronic hip hop with Afro-American soul, reggae and funk and poignant French lyrics. A small anecdote: when he was playing at Californian venue Coachella, he noticed Bono standing in the audience. Baloji didn’t hesitate before pulling him onto the stage.