Chimurenga Renaissance's Pungwe Mixtape Is a Flowing Juxtaposition of Struggles Old and New

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You may recall that Chimurenga Renaissance is the moniker Shabazz Palaces percussionist Tendai Maraire has been operating under as of late. Yesterday, he released a mixtape called Pungwe (presumably after the Zimbabwean river), which is a collection of tracks he'd previously uploaded to his Soundcloud page, and new material mixed artfully by New York-based (Sierra Leone-born) DJ Chief Boima into each other, and the occasional third party interlude (like Spice 1's old school gangsta joint "Trigga Got's No Heart"). The theme of contemporary struggle on a local/personal level intertwine with Maraire's (who's credited as Fly Guy Dai) heavily African subject matter, and instrumentation, and create interesting parallels between social problems/injustices new and old. As a bonus, fellow Shabazz Palaces rep Ish pops up during the first movement. It's worth a listen. Stream it here.

 
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