Quiet as kept, Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces dropped a solo LP last October, under the banner of Chimurenga Renaissance. Judging from the group’s website, it’s a concept record about the history of Zimbabwe, Cecil Rhodes, wars against imperialism, and blood diamonds. The record’s first track, “A Toast to Frame and Ro,” features Palaceer Lazarro (nee Butterfly, nee Ishmael Butler), making it a de facto Shabazz Palaces song. Like the best from Shabazz, it’s rebellious and intense and filled with what sound like xylophones. Unlike almost everything else, it feels like it has a purpose and power. It is not disposable.
Stream the record and the song below the jump. Daps, pounds, and stomps to the Steady one for the find.