Hip-Hop in Harare: Zimbabwean Group Releases 'Korokoza' Music Video
The multiracial Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka felt the weight of the authorities once more while filming the music video for their new collaborative single "Korokoza" on location in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. The band says that they and their entire camera crew were detained for over five hours.
"Korokoza," which translates as "to hustle" in Shona, features Zimbabwean rapperOutspoken
and acclaimed balafon playerLassana Diabaté
from the country of Mali. Thebalafon
is an African wooden percussion instrument similar to a marimba and seamlessly layers the track with a rich melodious tone over Chabvondoka's infectious jamming. Their linguistic and rhythmic syncretism produces an irresistible contemporary urban sound. Lyrically rebellious as always, the rhymes are aimed to color a "hopeful song dedicated to the resilience of Zimbabweans and people across the world who struggle to survive."
The music video for "Korokoza" was released yesterday and the track itself off of Nomadic Wax Singles & Mixtapes is available for a limited time as a free download. Get the song and expand your hip-hop horizons.
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