Native Sun Blitz The Ambassador

The first thing that came into my mind when I listened to "Native Sun" was Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back". The musical style is not comparable, but the impact it had on me is. Ghanaian-American hip hop artist Samuel Bazawule aka Blitz The Ambassador takes the terms afrocentrism and cross-culture on a whole new level and presents a haunting and sustainable record. He shifts between Twi, West African Pidgin and English lyrics, while the musical arrangements quote from Afrobeat, Ethiopian jazz and Carribean music. Blitz The Ambassador's idea of hip hop is distinctly represented with the song "Wahala". Nigerian Blufunk musician Keziah Jones, Congolese-Belgian MC Baloji, Swedish MC Promoe (of Looptroop Rockers) and Mexican MC Bocafloja show what culture really means: adding new influences instead of lopping the roots. There is no other way something new can be created, "Native Sun" surely is an extraordinary example.

Claudia Nethge | Jun 23, 2011
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