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Video Premiere: Chimurenga Renaissance [Baba Maraire] 'Boom'

Watch a Harare-shot video for Shabazz Palace member Baba Maraire's outspoken love letter to Zimbabwe "Boom."


"Boom" is the first single from Chimurenga Renaissance, a Zimbabwean-centered project from Baba Maraire of Shabazz Palaces. The track's infectious, uplifting beat encapsulates an outspoken and charged love letter from Maraire towards his home nation — one charged with laments on the West co-opting Zimbabwean music and the plundering of lands by Cecil Rhodes. Maraire doesn't shy away from a strong viewpoint on Western wrongdoings (past and present), but he holds on to a message of hope for his native Zimbabwe. Watch the Harare-shot video for "Boom" below and find it on Pungwe LP. For more from the project check out Chief Boima's Pungwe mixtape and the anti-Rhodes visual for "RhodZi." Also, see our Okayafrica TV interview with Baba Maraire.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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