Most musicians pride themselves on their mastery of their technical knowledge of their craft – like reading and composing sheet music. For Blitz, however, it was the complete opposite. His unique African fusion sound came about because of his lack of knowledge in those areas, and that has made all the difference. – TED

In this previously unpublished session from TED conferences, Ghanaian rapper Samuel Bazawule (Blitz the Ambassador) discusses his acquaintance, pointing out how the “cacophony” of Accra was his initiation into the craft, as he heard and created melody from everyday items like empty gallons  buckets and plastic pipes, and the sound of artisans at work.

Watch his compelling talk below:

 

Blitz’ superior depth and dexterity, as well as an arresting stagecraft have seen him tour the world frequently, receive international acclaim, and bag association with such rap icons as Public Enemy, The Roots, and John Forte.

Since featuring on the 2000 hit Deeba,  Blitz has gone on to release an extensive discography including Soul Rebel EP (2004), Double Consciousness EP (2005),  StereoLive EP (2009), The Warm Up EP (2013), Diasporadical EP (2015), Stereotype (2009), Native Sun (2011), and Afropolitan Dreams (2014).

His latest album  DIASPORADICAL was launched in Accra, November 4, and accompanied by a ceiling short film Diasporadical Trilogia.

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