March 13th, 2012 • Ross Martin
It's Tuesday morning, I'm in the office blasting tracks 25 year-old Mutaurwa Mapondera, a.k.a. "Fore" (formerly "Foretold"), just sent me from his underground debut called GOING BACK IS NOT THE SAME AS STAYING.
Fore, born in Zimbabwe, describes it as "an album about Distance. Distance from the people and places you love, and Distance from the life you feel you should be living.” Fore produced the album largely himself.
Listen for influences of Big L, Big Pun and, of course, Nas, alongside samples from the Cocteau Twins, Mali's Amadou and Miriam. The schemes are complex, the writing's true and the emotional depth belies Fore's age. Listen for the "Zim in him…"