Dragon Lionby Ts'eliso Monaheng / 07.11.2013
As the opening chords to “Liberatum” frolicked with the cold Jozi breeze atop a high-riser in the city centre, Zubz emerged from one side of the stage and greeted the legion of followers gathered before him, then went full-throttle dropping heavy rhymes over beats provided by his deejay, Tha Cutt (with Fifi on back-up vocals and Chad on guitar duties). The song, a collaboration with Ghanaian emcee M.anifest, is about how technology has overtaken our lives; how we’re being digitally manipulated, unwittingly or otherwise; and how being disconnected is the only way to be truly ‘free’.
He then performed selections from his four album-deep discography, mashing up early ventures from his debut album (“I write”, “Handiende”) with more recent outings (“The interview”, “Usain Bolt”), and offering peeks into his new “Dragon Lion_Full Circle” album. It was an evening of good conversation and great music, mixed with engaging anecdotes from an artist whose ten year-long career has resulted in some of the most thought-provoking songwriting and lyricism in African hip-hop. We were there to capture some of the moments, and this is what they looked like.
* Images © Ts’eliso Monaheng