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Daymé Arocena's 'Eleggua' Is A Beautiful Afro-Cuban Ode to Santería's God of Crossroads

Exclusive: Watch our premiere of Afro-Cuban singer Daymé Arocena's new Havana-shot music video for "Eleggua."

Daymé Arocena's new album, Cubafonía, is a wonder of handcrafted Afro-Cuban music, bringing the rhythms of today's Cuba—not just the '50s Cuban sound that you hear so often—to the world.


"Eleggua," one of the standout compositions from Daymé's latest album, blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with bursting horns and jazz influences.

The single's Havana shot music video, which we're premiering here today, which splits scenes of Daymé singing to the backdrop of her city while a dancer beautifully explores an act of spiritual communication with Eleggua, Santería's god of the crossroads.

"Eleggua begins and finishes everything in Santeria," Daymé writes to OkayAfrica. "He is the God of the 21 Ways and for us it's really important to always take the right path. That is why [I] started this album playing for him, 'cause we are looking for the key of the best "way." In Cuba we call this kind of rhythm “Afro”—we adopted many traditions from Africa that are now part of the folklore and culture of Cuba."

Watch our premiere of the new music video for "Eleggua," directed by Savanah Leaf, above and catch Daymé on her upcoming US tour dates.

Cubafonía is available now.

 

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B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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