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Audio: Chimurenga Renaissance x Chief Boima 'Pungwe' [Mixtape]

Chimurenga Renaissance [Shabazz Palaces] x Chief Boima ‘Pungwe’ [Mixtape]


We first came across Tendai Baba Maraire's (Shabazz Palaces) commemorative Chimurenga Renaissance project with "rhodZi," a visual tribute to those Zimbabweans who fought against British imperialist Cecil Rhodes. Recently, Chief Boima put together a solid mixtape while we await the approaching release of Chimurenga Renaissance's latest work Pungwe. Download the tape after the link, it features an great deal of original tracks fromTendai as well as selections from Shabazz, Mo Kolours and DJ Sbu with Lengoma.

>>>Stream/Download: Chimurenga Renaissance x Chief Boima "Pungwe" [Mixtape]

TRACKLIST

1. Zimbabwe Intro - Bob Marley

2. A Toast to Frame and Ro - Shabazz Palaces

3. Trigga Gots No Heart - Spice 1

4. Boom - Tendai Maraire

5. Quarterblack - Tendai Maraire

6. Quick as White - Kasai Allstars

7. Boy Wonder - Tendai Maraire

8. Raba Raba - Khaled

9. WhatUlun@? - Tendai Maraire

10. Pitche Mi - Youssou N'Dour

11. Black is Power -Tendai Maraire

12. Like... That - Tendai Maraire

13. We Need to Talk - Tendai Maraire

14. Moyo Wangu - Thomas Mapfuno

15. Old Money - Blood (Reprise)

16. Fodencia Massacre - DJ Karfox

17. F U - Tendai Maraire

18. Temi - Mo Kolours

19. It's Time 4U2Go - Tendai Maraire

20. Chemtengure - Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble

21. Kamusekele - Bonga

22. Le Ngoma - DJ Sbu feat. Zahara

23. It's Alright - Tendai Maraire

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