Today’s blog will feature the Zimbabwean rap artist Dumi Right. Dumi Right also known as Dumisani Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean performing artist, MC, writer, and organizer. He’s originally from Harare, Zimbabwe then moved to America to further pursue his career. He was in the rap group, Zimbabwe Legit, which was the first African group to receive widespread recognition, and they were the first African group to record hip hop in America. Dumi also participates in helping other young artists and is very active in his community. He taught emceeing to youth in underserved communities in the Next Level cultural exchange initiative. Right’s lyrics are mostly thought-provoking and touching over different kinds of beats. One song in particular, “We Don’t Need”, featuring Chubb Rock and Nathaniel Star talks about topics such as the pandemic, police brutality, and the need for Black unity. Below you can watch the music video.
The animated video shows Black Lives Matter protests, bad people in congress, someone incarcerated, etc. The song has many social and political messages. The basis of the song is talking about several things the world does not need. Chubb Rock says in one of his verses, “His pops were hoods, white ones. Dirty minds filthy no Dyson. He fires people who win, he hires people who sins.” Those verses are an example of the political messages in the song. White men with a racist family history have political power and hire people who are equally as bad as them or even worse. Right also says that he will be in the front line of protests and wants the Devil to be away from him. That line was an example of one of the social messages in the song. Overall I enjoyed the song and appreciated the messages throughout the song. Dumi Right continues to make music about social and political movements.
Below you can find Dumi Right social media