RIP RapMoz icon, Azagaia

Oct 26, 2023 | Gems

The name of our recently departed brother, the Mozambican MC, Azagaia, means “spear” — a reference to his anticolonial cultural politics and his “words as weapons” artistic ethos.  CIPHER Team member, Janne Rantala, describes his views in terms of Frantz Fanon’s decolonial artist figure in the image here.  Now… check the CIPHER METHOD’s connection between Mozambican beatmaker, Imbelogic’s project “Soulnoridade Nativa” (Native “SO(UL)NORITY”) and the Native Tongues and Soulquarians crews.  (We met Imbelogic in Maputo and asked him about this!)  Do you see it?  Third Eye Twitchin’ yet?!

RIP Azagaia.

-Janne Rantala and Griff Rollefson (and Pöysä & Rantala 2018)