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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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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

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