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Major Lazer & Fuse ODG’s ‘Light It Up’ Is A Beautiful Ghanaian Celebration Of Life & Death

A Ghanaian funeral procession transforms into a striking celebration of life through dance in Major Lazer, Fuse ODG & Nyla's new video.

Still from "Light It Up" music video.


Major Lazer, Fuse ODG and Nyla’s “Light It Up” is easily one of the most beautiful music videos we’ve seen this year.

Shot entirely in Fuse ODG’s childhood home of Ghana, the bittersweet visuals follow a real funeral ceremony from its procession and stages of mourning as it transforms into an uplifting celebration of life through dance.

“[It’s] about overcoming negativity and sadness, coming together, and rising up in dance,” director Sam Pilling explains. “Delving deeper into Ghanaian culture, we found that their traditional funeral ceremonies perfectly exemplify this sense of coming together to rise up against sadness. The whole community joins together, first in mourning the death, then in celebrating the life that was lived.”

The black-and-white video is bookended by a female voice reciting verses from Kae [Remember], a Twi poem written by Kwado Nkita-Mayala.

Major Lazer will be performing a free concert in Cuba on March 6 presented by the Musicabana Foundation, The group, which is made up of producers Diplo, Walshy Fire & Jillionaire, will be one of the first American acts to play the nation since diplomatic ties were restored.

Watch the striking clip for "Light It Up" below.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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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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