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Chimurenga Renaissance 'Defenders Of The Crusades'

Stream Shabazz Palaces side project Chimurenga Renaissance's 4-track EP, a marriage of Zimbabwean instrumentation and hip-hop.


Chimurenga Renaissance, the project from Shabazz PalacesTenda Maraire, fuses wide-ranging Zimbabwean influences with hip-hop beats & rhymes. The newly dropped Defenders of the Crusades EP consistently juggles both sonic landscapes — which you can hear in Tendai's raps, the Dilla sirens at the beginning of "Dont," and the infusion of Zim percussion in "Pop Killer" and "I Will Always Love You." Stream Chimurenga Renaissaince's Defenders of the Crusades and watch a recent video for "It's Time 4u2go" below.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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