Chimurenga Renaissance

Electronic, Beats, RnB & Soul

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Chimurenga Renaissance is an Africa-centered hip-hop project from Tendai "Baba" Maraire of Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. Squishy, wet synth lines burble and wheeze against the organic sounds of mbira thumb pianos and ngoma drums evoking both urban America and sub-Saharan Africa. Maraire's father is credited with bringing Zimbabwean music to Seattle in the 1960s, and we hear these ancestral tones filtered through Baba's contemporary hip-hop lens.

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