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Watch Batida's Animated Video For 'Luxo' ft. Spoek Mathambo, Sacerdote & Duncan Lloyd [Premiere]

Watch Portuguese/Angolan producer Batida's vibrant animated video for "Luxo" featuring Spoek Mathambo, Sacerdote and Duncan Lloyd.


Batida's recent full-length Dois, the follow-up to his impressive 2012 debut, was inspired the by global sounds heard around his home city of Lisbon, as well as trips to Luanda and Nairobi. For his latest 10-track LP, the Portuguese/Angolan producer aka Pedro Coquenão constructed a high-octane blend of kuduro, semba and afro-house injected with an eclectic bed of samples — from vintage Angolan films to The Clash. On "Luxo," Batida cooks up an English, Portuguese, Quicongo, and Zulu concoction that enlists the South African future rap stylings of Spoek Mathambo, who murders a verse that touches on African renaissance, "whips & chains" culture and, of course, dead bodies. The track also features a fiery contribution from Angolan MC Sacerdote and guitar riffs from Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park. Watch the vibrant animated lyric video for "Luxo," illustrated by Kruella D'enfer and animated by Diogo Barbosa, below. Dois is available now from Soundway Records.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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