ProVerb Pays Respect to Winnie Mandela, Hugh Masekela and More in His New Single ‘Heaven’

South African veteran wordsmith ProVerb still got it.

ProVerb's unmatched wordplay and storytelling shines in his latest single. Titled "Heaven," the song sees the talented MC imagine what heaven looks like.


"In my version of heaven, everyone is healed, everyone is forgiven," he says in the song's intro. "The first people to meet you are your family. Mama Winnie signs you in on the register, Stephen Hawking walks you to your seat."

What follows are verses that makes reference to many icons who have since transcended from Flabba, Mahlathini, TK, Maya Angelou, Hugh Masekela, Gugu Zulu, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs and a whole lot more.

And in pure ProVerb style, he finds an engaging way to weave these people's stories together in such a way you can picture his version of heaven. He makes it look so easy, your fave probably thinks they can do it, too.

Listen to the song below and download it here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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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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