“With this song, we are showing young Africans an example to follow”
Kudzayi Victor Matinyarare (otherwise known as K.King) is a member of A.M.G. He has lived in Russia since 2000, when he came to study medicine at the University of Volgograd. He moved to Moscow in 2007.
On the right is Kudzayi Victor Matinyarare (alias K. King), originally from Zimbabwe. On the left is Benson Angawa Aginga (alias Beni Maniaci) who hails from Kenya.
K. King said that neither of the members of the rap duo have experienced racism since moving to Russia. According to him, the situation in Russia has progressively improved since 2007, a year in which Russia experiences a spike in xenophobic attacks, with on average five “non-white” foreigners killed each month.However, human rights organisations fighting for the rights of foreigners in Russia don’t share his opinion. In 2009, 41% of Africans interviewed by the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy said they had fallen victim to at least one violent physical attack.
“This shows another image of Africans in Russia”
The two rappers’ song has received mixed reviews from our African Observers who live in Russia. While many admitted that they didn’t actually know the rappers or their hit song, many said they were happy to see two rappers of African origin take centre stage. Jean-Marie Lisamba, a student at the institute of technology in Belgorod, agreed.
Others, however, think that these rappers are just blindly participating in already rampant Putin-mania. Ladji (not his real name) is a Guinean student in Moscow.