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The multi-talented and now internationally acclaimed ethnic rapper Zuluboy, known for his love to politic and never bite his tongue, has dropped his third album, iGoda, Once again this offering is ethnocentric in nature and yet uncompromisingly hip-hop like that. Big up to Native Rhythms for again letting Zuluboy tell his own story in the manner and style that best epitomizes his love for hip-hop culture and rap music, whilst staying true to his identity and to his native roots. This album puts to rest any shadow of doubt – in the event and for some strange reason it ever crossed your mind – that Zuluboy was gonna come to pass. Zuluboy’s music and lyrics touches on wide range of topics from xenophobia, human trafficking and hope for a virus free generation. When the history of South African hip-hop is ever documented for generations to read and learn, Zuluboy’s contribution will stand the test of time.

Zuluboy has ripped and graced stages at concerts and festivals in Europe, North America and throughout South Africa. Known for fusing Zulu with urban hip hop culture without compromising either, Zuluboy’s ethno-centric hip-hop sound is infectious and his rapping forceful. Since the release of his previous two albums, Zuluboy has received recognition both in South Africa and on the Continent with an Award for Best Rapper at the 2008 Metro Fm Awards, and Best Vernacular Rapper for 2009 South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (SATMAs), plus 2 nominations for Best Male and Best Hip-Hop Artist at the 2009 MTN South African Music Awards and nominations for Best Hip-Hop Artist for 2009 MTV Africa Awards.

With contributions by South African, West African, and even Jamaican cream of the crop artists, including iHhashi eLimhlophe, Black Dillinger (German-based Cape Townian ragga artist), DJ Awadi and El Haj Cissokho (both Senegalese), Prophecy (Jamaica), as well as by the country’s tried and tested hip-hop beatmakers (Dome, Beatmaker, Faceless, Mason Black, Malambule, Professor (of Tzozo & Professor), whilst introducing new beatmakers and producers such as the multi-talented vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Vuyo Tyolo (Native’s newest artist), Jamela, 13 Beats, Techno P including the label’s own engineer-turned producer, Mpho Hlahla.

This is no doubt the ultimate album – a long shelf life, world and yet ethnocentric hip-hop album – an award-winning album. A Skandi Hop Offering

Zuluboy has released 3 albums with Native Rhythms Records/EMI/CCP South Africa: Masihambisane (2006), iNqolobane (2008) and iGoda (Nov 2009).

ZuluBoy – DJ Gogo

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