Band of the Day

2014.09.10

Chimurenga Renaissance

Sprawling rap beats that valiantly explore the worlds of electronica, dub, jazz, and African rhythms
Then there’s crooked politicians, villains with ammunition, the ten year old bastard watching too much television. They all share the same dream, to do anything for cream.
lyrics from The B.A.D. Is So Good

Under the waters, we’re waiting with paws each larger than the head of a lion, rows of teeth, and jaws stronger than a Megaladon. Together, we are the black leviathan, panther of the deep. Chimurenga Renaissance is Tendai "Baba" Maraire and Hussein Kalonji.

Tendai “Baba” Maraire returns with another installment of his Chimurenga Renaissance series with the debut LP riZe Vadzimu riZe. The album is a 14-track record under Brick Lane Records, and sees Maraire team up with Hussein Kalonji and a host of old friends from his better known work with Shabazz Palaces, including Ishmael Butler a.k.a Palaceer Lazaro, star femcees, Thee Satisfaction as well as the Seattle-based rap group, Militia Mali Mob (MMM), who are fronted by two Somali-born, US-based emcees. A welcome heavy hitter on the album is M1 from the super group, Dead Prez.

Nonetheless, Chimurenga Renaissance: riZe Vadzimu riZe is not an all rap project. Here, Maraire demonstrates his production wizardry with sprawling, loosely structured beats that valiantly explore the worlds of electronica, dub, jazz, and other rhythmic environments.

The lead single The B.A.D. is So Good, delivers a scathing verdict on Black America’s obsession with material possessions.

The rest of the album projects concepts and ties that Maraire has with his ancestral home of Zimbabwe. This is reflected in the album artwork, the inlay story, as well as the heavy use of firm, in-the-pocket, and instructive African instruments such as ngoma, mbira and hosho.