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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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