Today marks the release of Native Sun,the most ambitious release from Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based emcee, bandleader and composer, Blitz the Ambassador. Native Sun unfolds from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, with help from a Rwandan sweet soul singer (Corneille on the track “Best I Can”), from sleek Francophone sirens (Les Nubians on “Dear Africa”), from buzzworthy Canadian-based/Rwandan-born rapper (Shad on “Native Sun”) and from bold Congolese and Brazilian samba-loving MCs (Baloji and BNegão on “Wahala”). Blitz even got a boost-including an invite to play at a packed Central Park Summer Stage show-from Public Enemy’s Afrocentric thinker and rapper Chuck D himself (whose shoutouts grace “Oracle”).
Off the heels of a successful month-long tour of Europe, Blitz the Ambassador and The Embassy Ensemble bring Native Sun to New York City and Washington, DC this week.
Wednesday, May 4th @ SOB’s | Get Tickets
Thursday, May 5th @ Club Liv | Get Tickets
“Native Sun” is one of the most organic marriages of African music and hip-hop we’ve heard — an effortless release that incorporates Afrobeat, highlife and kora music into old-school hip-hop. It’s a warm and danceable record with a social conscience, and it speaks to anybody who’s lived between two cultures — as more and more of us do.” – Youtube