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Chimurenga Renaissance Blend ‘Zimbabwean Beats, Congolese Guitar & Political Fire’ In ‘Girlz With Gunz’ EP

Shabazz Palaces' Tendai Maraire & guitarist Hussein Kalonji drop a full visual stream of their 'Girlz With Gunz' EP as Chimurenga Renaissance.


The music of Chimurenga Renaissance, the project of Shabazz PalacesTendai ‘Baba’ Maraire & Congolese-American guitarist Hussein Kalonji, rearranges a wide scope of Zimbabwean sounds through an experimental hip-hop lens.

The duo continue that sonic path in Girlz With Gunz, a 27-minute EP that blends rhymes with live mbira and ngoma drums. It’s a sound inspired by “otherworldly sonics, Zimbabwean beats, Afro-conscious hip-hop, Congolese guitar ambiance, and political fire,” says the band.

Girlz With Gunz, which features contributions from THEESatisfaction’s CAT, is loosely tied by the theme of the “revolutionary African woman.”

The group just dropped a full visual stream of the EP, which features a cast of rotating gun-wielding figures backlit by flashing colors.

Check it out below. Girlz With Gunz is out February 5 on Glitterbeat Records.

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South African rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, is reportedly in the process of brand evaluation. This, after the rapper publicly announced a temporary break regarding promotions with the New York-based vodka company, Cruz Vodka. The statement coincides with the ongoing investigations surrounding Anele Tembe's death, and a widely circulated video showing AKA allegedly attempting to break down a door to enter his fiancé's room.

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