Forgotten conscious lyricist, Shingirayi of Mau Mau fame, who hogged the limelight in the late 1990s, has made a return to the music scene on the platform of new music recording outfit, Marcus Garvey Records, which recently launched two albums by hip-hop group, Super Magamba, titled Shasha Dzengoma and Boyz Dzemujecha: The Mix Tape.
Shingirayi, now known as Tarambanapo, is now part of Super Magamba, which also includes singer Mushumi aka Soko Murehwa.
The songs on the Shasha Dzengoma album consist mainly of renditions of popular traditional Zimbabwean songs touched up to give them a spanking brand new danceable club feel.
“The album was created to pay tribute to the greats of Zimbabwean music. Super Magamba wanted to give respect and revive some of the popular people’s songs from yesteryear by updating them for the hip-hop generation,” said band leader Tarambanapo.
“We took the original tracks and laid them over R&B, hip-hop and dance beats that can be pumped out in any nightclub or urban radio station. We of course added our own interpretation and additional lyrics to refresh and renew the tracks. We know that anyone who grew up listening to radio from 1980 onwards will remember these songs, but not like this!” said Tarambanapo.
The lead single on the album, Nyama Yekugocha is sure to get music lovers bouncing to its club feel. The track has got that familiar, irresistible hook: “Yowerere! Yave nyama yekugocha!”
Other standout tracks include Chachimurenga, where lyricist Tarambanapo raps a plaintive verse about how colonialism came to Zimbabwe, and an explosive update of John Chibadura’s Zuva Rekufa Kwangu.
The rest of the album is comprised of Zimbabwean classics such as Mugove, Soweto, Ngivulele and Tanga Wandida.
The second album, Boyz Dzemujecha: The Mix Tape, is a mélange of R&B, sungura, hip-hop and dancehall that redefines urban music from a Zimbabwean point of view.
The album consists of an eclectic mix of sounds complemented by well-polished lyrical content that exhibits the versatility of the group.
“We are keen to distance ourselves from the ‘urban grooves’ genre, that’s not what we are. We are not ‘urban groovers’, whatever that is defined as. Super Magamba is hip-hop at heart, even if we might venture into other genres, our spirit remains hip-hop, street, it remains jecha! Our sound is African and international at the same time. And our aim is to rock any nightclub or urban radio station, local or international!” said Tarambanapo.
On the name change, he explained that he is constantly undergoing the process of reinvention.
“I am always reinventing myself and I decided that at this stage in my career I am taking a different creative direction so my name should also change to reflect that phase. The name Tarambanapo was actually my great-grandfather’s, and so in this way I am showing respect to my ancestors, who are the reason that I am even here today,” he said.