Chimurenga Renaissance is Baba Maraire and Hussein Kalonji. Mixed by Erik Blood, riZe vadZimu riZe also features Palaceer Lazaro, Mall Saint, M1 of Dead Prez, and THEESatisfaction.
Tendai “Baba” Mariare, the architect of Chimurenga Renaissance, hails from world-renowned Zimbabwean music lineage, as his father was Abraham Dumisani Mariare. Abraham then came to America where he helped initiate a flourishing Zimbabwean music scene in the Pacific Northwest.
Having known each other for many years after seeing each other perform at various shows, Hussein Kalonji, (a first generation Congolese American born in Washington DC whose father was Raymond “Braynck” Kalonji, a world-renowned Congolese guitar legend who was credited with being one of the pioneers of the Congolese Rumba Soukouss sound)and Baba Mariare found it was inevitable that they would eventually start playing music together. A few years ago, they began to blend their two areas of expertise, hip-hop and African music, and they continued to record and develop the sound that would later become “Chimurenga Renaissance”.
Courtesy of Pitchfork Advance, you can now listen to their new album riZe vadZimu riZein full HERE.
“We were ordained to build a bridge strong enough to span oceans, but don’t fall off. 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.”
Upcoming Shows 4/26 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater 4/28 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
For More Information on Chimurenga Renaissance Please Contact: Pam Nashel Leto @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 111 [email protected] Kelly Kettering @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 123 [email protected]