Some 'Look East Policy' As Joey ZW Finds Inspiration From China In His New Album "The Monk"

 By Tawanda Chari 

"Gogoi, tisvikewo" - JoeyZW introduces himself in his third studio album, The Monk released on August 25 2020. Representing Zvishavane, Joey shows immense potential to be a force in the Hip Hop circles. Of course, he is from the south side, the real south with nothing to lose.

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The Monk was inspired by ancient Chinese monks. A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his or her life in prayer and contemplation.

And Joey has an interesting perspective regarding this inspiration.

"What caught my eye is how monks of ancient age believed in a lot of things that society at large didn't adhere to.

I believe my views also are somehow as anomalistic as the monks' views were in the ancient age." 

His album is sonically solid, if only his heart was in rhyming. A high concept title like The Monk, one would expect a more coherent conceptual project, nevertheless, dude can spit. 

His lyricism maybe his only shortfall but his strength is enunciation and sheer entertainment value. He has an ability to flow uncannily easy and his beat selection is good impressive.

You can listen to The Monk by JoeyZW via this Audiomack link. 

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