Seen the light: Hip hop pioneer returns with new banger



WE AT The People’s Hub are excited to work with the reputed artiste, Shingirayi Sabeta as he takes new steps in his career. The legendary Zimbabwean rap pioneer yesterday made an explosive return on the music scene with the online launch of his new single, Ndamutswa.

Formerly known as Mau Mau, Shingirayi teamed up with the popular website, African Hip Hop blog and used the platform as a launch pad for the new track.

photo 1A pioneer on the Zimbabwe Rap music landscape, Shingirayi is famed for his mid-90’s hits Blackness with the late Afro-Pop star Prince Tendai, his debut self-entitled single Mau Mau and the classic 2002 debut album, M’fecane.

I personally have been a fan of Shingirayi from dot, and remember buying his Fortune Muparutsa-produced limited edition single, Mau Mau on cassette off a dingy Power Sales record bar in my hometown of Masvingo. It was one of the early and rare Rap projects to get onto the mainstream market in Zimbabwe at a time when the Urban/Pop genre was at it’s very infancy in the country.

With my brother JD, we gave the tape a heavy rotation on our little stereo. Shingirayi excited and fascinated us with his blunt delivery of scathing no-holds barred full frontal raps. He was our answer to NWA and Public Enemy.  A fearless political spokesman for the youth.

photo 3I didn’t meet Shingirayi until 2002 when I was working as a journalist for the Daily News photo 2newspaper in Harare as an Entertainment reporter. I remember the occasion being one of those awkward moments when you get star struck from meeting your hero and icon on the job. Then known as Mau Mau of course,  Shingirayi was launching his politically-charged second album Coup d’état . Check out my review left, and autographed CD cover , right. 

Born Again

A decade later, Shingirayi has now been born again, seen the light and changed musical course. And although Ndamutswa is a religious number, Shingirayi has lost none of his grit, drive and edges in laying the number.

Ndamutswa has a raw and bubbly Southern-esque beat courtesy of producer Xndr, fused with Sungura and Rock guitar riffs from Kudakwashe “Begotten Sun” Musasiwa. The track is also an introduction to promising rap femcee, Alvina.

Shingirayi says he strongly believes in using music as a form of the Christian ministry, and believes that, “only a radical, bold Christianity will lead today’s hip-hop generation toward God.”

Though the track is downloadable for free on Soundcloud or Hulkshare, fans can also support Shingirayi by buying it online on CDbaby and iTunes.

Link up with Shingirayi on Facebook, Twitter and his website.

Words by @makiwahenry