Karim Kalonji

Breakdancer / rapper

Karim Kalonji is a Belgian breakdancer and rapper. He spent his youth in repetition rooms and studios. His musical career started with a classical education in solfège and violin.

Karim Kalonji was born in Ostend in 1980. He spent his childhood in rehearsal rooms and studios. His musical path started with a classical education in music theory and violin. At the age of 15 he found his passion in the hip-hop scene. Initially he tried different disciplines, but soon his focus shifted to rap and breakdance. Since 2010, he considers himself more and more a B-boy (break dancer) and less an MC (rapper) – without completely renouncing the latter.

At the end of the 90s, the hip-hop universe and the theatre world are steadily merging. Kalonji takes his first steps in the theatre world in a school production. Later he is part of various productions at, among others, KVS and Toneelhuis. He also works as a dancer with the French circus company Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde and the hip-hop company E.go by Eric Mezino. He is featured in the productions Malcolm X (2016) by Jr.cE.sA.r and Kuzikiliza with Pitcho Womba Konga, Joost Maaskant and Mike Van Alfen.

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