By Kwanele Mswelanto
Award winning Masvingo rapper Jungle Loco has finally dropped his much-anticipated album titled Gwala Mnandi.
Gwala Mnandi is a 13-track album which tackles the socio political, economic, and cultural issues in Zimbabwe.
According to Jungle Loco, Gwala Mnandi, recorded at Studio One Thousand in Masvingo and features from Visza, Shian, Outspoken, Dj Skqatta and D Varren said Jungle Loco, explains the sweetness of money which carries with it many names including moola, Gwala, nyoso, shagi, chibhanzi, gwalanga.
Commenting on the Album Jungle Loco said, “The production is niice! Better than Bata Mastreets. I am always trying to outdo my previous projects. I love soul melodies if I am to go deep with it, pianos, strings, pads, sub passes and jazz basses. Hard hitting percussions and low pitches basses on turn up tracks. The vibes should be different from what is already there. Has to be super jungly.”
Jungle Loco’s album is laden with witty lyrics that comments on social issues happening in society with one of the tracks going like, “apa muri nhapwa dzema suits and ties, chimira ndikuudze my guy mudzipanyota injema pahuro iri dry, we gonna be broke as a nation salary ichiita kunge penjeni ichinotanga kubaya varikuhora nzungu frontline vaccine.”
The album was produced by all Masvingo based producers and the best in the county namely : Jonn The Producer , Wecyd Will , HooLan Wolf , Peepze , Bless Beats , Cyp , Dj Sqkatta and Cyber 101
Gwala Mnandi was finally released on 19 October following a series of disappointing events that delayed the release on the intended date. ‘’we were supposed to release the project on 30 September but due to a sudden illness we had to push the album to 19 October.
Gwala Mnandi is arguably the best Hip Hop album of 2022 with over 7000 streams on Audiocus, a local streaming platform started by Raymond Sibanda popularly known as Rayobeats.