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DR Congo’s rap pioneers Bawuta Kin are back with Sans Sacrifice

How often do you see pioneers of a genre come back and still sound as relevant as the newest generation? Bawuta Kin have been at it forever, they pre-date probably any active mc on the scene in DR Congo at this moment.

Bawuta Kin featured in the great documentary ‘Jupiter’s Dance’ (2006) which shows many different sides of Kinshasa’s urban sound. Two years ago, Esto and Dr Kash (sans co-founder Rocky B ‘Le Mobidick’ a.k.a. Tchekisa who had left the group) were heard again with ‘Bo Tia K‘, a hard hitting track & video in which they emphasized their status as pioneers with some wit. The single sounded quite different from anything else out there. A full album was announced but as far as we know, it still hasn’t come out.

Two years ago, Esto and Dr Kash (sans co-founder Rocky B ‘Le Mobidick’ a.k.a. Tchekisa who had left the group) were heard again with ‘Bo Tia K‘, a hard hitting track & video in which they emphasized their status as pioneers with some wit. The single sounded quite different from anything else out there. A full album was announced but as far as we know, it still hasn’t come out.

Their new single ‘Sans Sacrifice’ is a similar mashup of styles, there are references to coupé décalé, rumba and traditional dances (think of Classic Swede Swede whose 1991 album Toleki Bango is a classic), while the rapping balances between the ‘atalaku’ style popularized by the emcees who join Congo’s biggest musicians on stage and on record, and a more international flow.

Bawuta Kin are produced by Racine alternative, Lexxus Legal’s non-profit which just finished the Air D’ici hip hop festival in Kinshasa – check below for a roundup of the performances.

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