Branko, The Ruffest, Zanillya & Capadose Are 'On Top' In A New Globe-Trotting Video

Watch Branko's video for his gqom-influenced single "On Top" with kwaito duo The Ruffest, Zanillya and Capadose.

"On Top" sees Buraka Som Sistema producer Branko collaborating with South African kwaito duo The Ruffest, Amsterdam singer Zanillya and Dutch producer Capadose on a gqom-influenced dance floor track about staying ahead of the rest. The song is the latest single from Branko's debut solo album Atlas and its new João Retorta-directed music video cycles through footage of Branko walking around Cape Town, New York, Amsterdan, Lisbon, New York, and São Paulo — the 5 cities in which he recorded his new LP.

In his Cape Town Photo Diary, Branko told Okayafrica about his recording time in South Africa, "The Ruffest came by the studio and we had a great session and, to make it even better, on Friday we organized for a vocal choir of about 12 girls and boys, led by Yolanda Fyrus, to stop by and add to the recordings... [I] feel like the gqom drum pattern was something that I ended up messing around with on a bunch of tracks like 'On Top.' "

Watch Branko's video for "On Top," featuring The Ruffest, Zanillya, and Capadose and stream Atlas (out now) in its entirety below.


Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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