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This Zimbabwean Collective Is Living Their Best Life In The Video For ‘Loco Loco’

Prior to releasing their EP, 'Safe in Sound,' MERK drop the video for “Loco Loco.”

MERK is a New York-based Zimbabwean music collective who've been making buzz in the run-up to their upcoming EP, Safe in Sound (due October 9).

The group just released a video for “Loco Loco," a song that has elements of afrobeats, reggae and pop. The clip features the MERK crew frolicking and playing soccer.

“The record is fun, it felt like a single and we felt like it needed a fun video,” says Bic, the crew’s frontman. “[The video] is kind of inspired by Space Jam, one of our childhood favorites. We played an entire game of football during the shoot. We won.”

Watch the video for “Loco Loco” above and pre-order the 16-track Safe in Sound EP here.

Follow MERK on Twitter and Instagram.

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Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

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