THERE are no sacred cows on Afro-centric artistes Divided Kingdom Republic’s new effort, the double album Kudakwashe/Munyaradzi. The Zimbabwean-born rappers, pioneers of hip hop in their homeland deliver a scathing no-holds barred full frontal attack on just about all forces propagating strife on the continent: from sycophant Western powers, the G8 to corrupt African leaders.
Following hot in the footsteps of their impressive debut offering , Rhythm and Prose in 2005, Mcs Kudakwashe Musasiwa a.k.a Begotten Sun and Munyaradzi Nota take a new approach to producing rap, a lighter way to enlighten, and some of the sharpest double entendres and wordplay ever recorded in hip hop and hereby leave an indelible mark on music history.
To start with, the duo who produced most of the tracks on this double cd, takes a bold decision to ditch the predictable and overused technique of computerised melodies and sampled bass lines for live guitar riffs, thumping traditional ngoma (drums), rattling hoshos while the Mbira yevadzimu dominates prominently.
The set is then completed by the compliment of kicks and a skanking drum machine to retain a hip hop flavour, already catchy before the addition of the often satirical but mostly blunt yet clean political compositions.
The genius in this record is the Chitauri theme which threads throughout the album that is famously attributable to Zulu Shaman and best-selling fiction author Credo Mutwa.