Chief Boima is a Sierra Leonean-American music producer, DJ, writer, and cultural activist. He is the managing editor of Africa Is a Country, co-founder of Kondi Band and the founder of the INTL BLK record label.
Boima began his career as a professional DJ with a self-initiated travel stint to connect with like-minded artists around the world. Inspired by the parties he knew growing up in a close knit African immigrant community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his performances integrate a diverse array of global musical styles ranging from Coupé-Decalé, Cumbia, Kuduro, Champeta, and more. This would see him perform as a resident DJ of Little Baobab in San Francisco, and at such esteemed locations as New York’s Summer Stage, The Lincoln Center, The Red Bull Music Academy, SXSW, and Midem.
In 2015, while living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Boima launched INTL BLK, a platform dedicated to his vision for music and culture out of the contemporary Black Atlantic. Focusing on a sound self-dubbed as Pan-Afro-Anarchist-Pop, INTLBLK launched with the single “Intermiténcia” from Ziminino, an electronic music, singer-songwriter, Afro-Brazilian roots project from Bahian artists Rafa Dias and Rico Satana.
Boima has released original tracks and remixes via Brooklyn-based label Dutty Artz — and has produced songs for international artists such as Los Rakas, Black Nature of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, and Sorie Kondi. While in the Bay Area he produced music with the groups Banana Clipz and Beaten By Them. And, in 2013 while living in New York, he initiated a new production and DJ group by the name of Africa Latina with Geko Jones.
His travel experiences and global music expertise launched a writing career which has seen him contributing to various music and culture online and print publications (Ghetto Bassquake, Africa is a Country, WFMU Radio, and The Fader Magazine.) In recent years, he has been invited to speak on global youth culture and the intersection between politics and music at various institutions including The New School, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, the EMP Conference in New York, Womex in Thessaloniki Greece, Open Arti in Milan, Boston’s Together Festival, and New York’s Social Media Week. He is currently managing editor of Africa Is a Country, a web magazine that provides analysis on culture and politics out of contemporary Africa.
He currently is based in the Bay Area, California. To contact him for booking or any other purposes write chiefboima [at] gmail [dot] com
Press Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiefboima/sets/72157622826333027/
Press for Chief Boima and INTL BLK: Tiny Mixtapes, BBC, Gilles Peterson Worldwide, OkayAfrica, Gozamos.com, Afropop.com, Funkhaus Europa, Mixpak, San Francisco Bay Guardian, XLR8R Magazine, The Fader Magazine, The UK Guardian, Remezcla Musica, Last Night’s Mixtape.