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Rusangano Family Rap About Daily Struggles Of Life As A Refugee In ‘Heathrow’

Irish-Togolese-Zimbabwean collective Rusangano Family share "Heathrow," the lead single from their upcoming album Let The Dead Bury The Dead.

MuRli, mynameisjOhn, and God Knows of the Rusangano Family. Photo: Patrick O’Brien


Rusangano Family is an Irish-based trio comprised of Togolese rapper MuRli, Zimbabwean MC God Knows and producer mynameisjOhn. The crew came across our radar earlier this year with “Wasteman,” a percussive single showcasing their fusion of sliced-up breaks and grime delivery.

“Heathrow,” the lead track from Rusangano Family’s upcoming album Let The Dead Bury The Dead, sees the collective exploring distorted guitar sounds on a track about the difficulties of life as a refugee.

“Tackling the controversial issue of migration, the song is an insight into the struggles of life as a refugee on a daily basis,” the Rusangano Family explain, ”and how easy it is for the wider population to draw conclusions on a subject that is far from black and white.

Stream our premiere of Rusangano Family’s “Heathrow” below. Let The Dead Bury The Dead is due early next year.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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