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Watch Buraka Som Sistema's Explosive 'Vuvuzela (Carnaval)' Video

Watch Buraka Som Sistema's new video for "Vuvuzela (Carnaval)," off their first major label album 'Buraka' (out now via Universal).


Global club hitmakers and Portugal’s own, Buraka Som Sistema released their first major label album Buraka earlier this month on Universal. The first single off the album, "Stoopid" came out in early May and continued showing off Buraka's signature taste of dance music across the cultural gradient. The second track, "Vuvuzela (Carnaval)," was released earlier this summer and was supported almost immediately in DJ sets from the likes of Diplo, Toy Selectah, and Crooker's. Linking up once more with director João Pedro Moreira, who also directed the crew’s documentary Off the Beaten Path along with Buraka's "Hangover (BaBaBa)" and "Stoopid" videos, the zouk bass innovators have now dropped the visual for "Vuvuzela (Carnaval)."

Set in the crew’s hometown of Lisbon, the video begins with what seems like a calm before the explosive Buraka storm. Residents grin, as if in on a secret, while a group of  people in the neighborhood craft masks out of paper and tape. What happens next is what we’ve come to expect from Buraka, and also the secret to their electrifying videos. In lieu of the street, the group takes it to the roof, where they erupt into kuduro dance soundtracked by the song's screwed electronic and bass heavy sounds. Without missing a beat, they’re suddenly transported inside an 18-wheeler truck where the masked party continues and the Buraka crew appears with Andro Carvalho aka (Conductor) imaginatively blowing a vuvazela. Watch the video for Buraka Som Sistema's pulsating "Vuvuzela (Carnaval)" below.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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