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This Pantsula-Infused Video From Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack Is Beautiful And Moving

Branko, Nonku Phiri and Mr. Carmack's "Let Me Go" video is a pantsula-infused love letter to Johannesburg.

Nonku Phiri in "Let Me Go"


If I’m being totally honest here, Branko had this song last year that’s made me cry on a few occasions. The song in question is “Let Me Go,” off the Lisbon-based Buraka Som Sistema co-founder and producer’s multi-city solo album, ATLAS, and features one of my favorite vocalists, the rising South African star Nonku Phiri, and Soulection beatmaker Mr. Carmack.

The three met in Cape Town last February during the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, where they got together at Red Bull Studios. Ultimately, the encounter resulted in a dreamy pairing of Branko's zouk bass and Phiri’s gorgeous Venda and English-sung melodies.

Though the song’s conception may have been in Cape Town, its visuals are a love letter to the city of Johannesburg.

According to i-D, the video was conceived as a collaboration between its director, Francisco Neffe, and Phiri. "It's a sort of journey to a world of colour and movement that could only be found in South Africa," Neffe tells i-D. "I tried to reflect the idea behind the lyrics through the characters, dancing, car rides and light. I tried to create a metaphor for letting go of something in every shot."

Soweto's Skeleton Pantsula and Orange Farm's RealAction lend their incredible pantsula dance moves to the clip.

In related news, Jumping Back Slash recently gave “Let Me Go” a Gqom-style treatment, which Okayafrica premiered earlier this week.

Branko’s ATLAS LP is out now on Enchufada. The Atlas Expanded remix EP is available on BitTorrent Bundle as of yesterday.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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