Emcee, educator, activist, and Pan-African are just some of the titles that describe the artist Asheru. Perhaps best known today for writing and performing the theme song to the highly rated Boondocks on Adult Swim, today, Asheru is excited to announce a project that he says he is most proud of: Sleepless in Soweto, a 13 track album that was recorded while traveling between his home in DC and South Africa. Inspired by the kinship he found with the people of South Africa, Sleepless In Soweto features Grammy nominated Raheem Devaughan and the Ethiopian born, Grammy-nominated artist Wayna. South African featured artists include Hip Hop Pantsula, ProVerb, KG, and Teepee. The LP will be released on November 12, 2013, the 40th Anniversary of the Zulu Nation. Production on the album is shared by Omar Hunter El (Mr. HU), Funk Ark, Thaso, and Choppy Chop.
With the goal of highlighting the unique bond between African-Americans and Africans through hip hop, the result is a modern, Pan-African hip-hop album filled with thoughtful lyrics, skillful delivery, and raw musicality. Ahseru incorporates hip-hop, African house and Afro beat throughout, all with live instrumentation. The opening track, “Simphiwe’s Theme,” a Zulu name given to Asheru, which means “it/he is given to us.” Another Grammy nominee, the Ethiopian-born singer Wayna, can be heard on “No Matter Where You Go,” a track detailing the history and progress of the African-American story, and all of the work left undone.
The lead single “Gauteng” which means “Land of Gold,” is dedicated to Johannesburg and features Raheem DeVaughn on additional vocals. “Gauteng” is the home province of Johannesburg, and the chorus reflects the people, the culture, and the love Asheru has received not only in Jo’burg, but all over SA as being “worth more than gold”.