New Music Critique: Chisenga

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Contact: chisk@diamondchainmedia.com

Web: chisenga.co, linktr.ee/chisengamusic

Seeking: Booking, Film/TV

Style: Hip-Hop

Zambia-born and Perth, Australia-based Chisenga is not new to the spotlight, having recently performed at the Southern African Development Community Summit. Single “Chateu Petrus” begins with a skit, set with ambient sounds of barking dogs and creaking doors, then builds with faint piano, a ghostly choir and interspersed percussion before soul-bearing spoken word. “Oxygen” is a straightforward love song, but about the artist’s love for performing, with nods to Jay-Z, Kendrick and Eminem. Standout “Energy” has great energy (obviously), with Kanye hums, low synth-bass and fast-beating African hand drums.  Chisenga stands to rival Burna Boy for modernizing native indigenous hip-hop.