Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five


This sketch always reminds me of the first rap song I ever heard, The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious five (1982). Zimbabwe had just been born a year earlier and we were all getting used to a new felt freedom and optimism. Hip Hop was a great conduit for our teenage rebelliousness. In other words, we rapped  so much that we didn’t get into trouble. Not that there was much trouble to get in to in Harare in the early days of ‘Independence’.

“Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge
I’m trying not to lose my head, ah huh-huh-huh”

– The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Sugar Hill Records, 1982)

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Ken

I am a children's book illustrator and author of over 60 books. Trained as a graphic designer, I've worked in publishing for over twenty years. Nowadays I work in a small publishing house called Tiny Owl, am co-publisher at another publishing house called Alanna Max and publish a fantastic newspaper for children called chicken!

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