In July, AKA tweeted, “MarazA took nearly 10 years to make this song. Now he’s got 1.” He was referring to the KZN rapper’s biggest hit to date, ‘Gwan’. The track saw MarazA push himself, rapping in Fanagalo – the language which combines Zulu, English and Afrikaans, and is used in the South African gold, diamond and platinum mines.
‘Gwan’ is what ‘Victory Lap’ is to AKA, what ‘Ngud’ is to Kwesta, what ‘Roll Up’ is to Emtee.
MarazA has been around, visible since the early 2000s. He started out as a member of the duo Jus Dat! and released his debut album Smithsonian One in 2014. He’s one of those artists who are just unlucky. His music has always been proper, but he has just never been that guy everyone is going on about. His production is also notable – he worked with Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, alongside the producer Ruff, to build his ‘digital maskandi’ subgenre on the EP The Black Excellence Show.
After the success of ‘Gwan’, MarazA decided to strike while the iron was still hot. Three months later, he has released his album Blind, which landed last week Friday. On the album, MarazA does more autotune-enhanced singing than rapping, but his concepts and rapping are on point.
Features include Sabelo Soko, Thobeka, Black Shoez, Buffalo Souljah, Aewon Wolf and Mashayabhuqe KaMamba.
Listen to Blind on Apple Music or buy it on iTunes here.