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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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How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.

Some songs demand widespread attention from the first moments they unfurl themselves on the world. Such music are the type to jerk at people's reserves, wearing down defenses with an omnipresent footprint at all the places where music can be shared and enjoyed, in private or in communion; doubly so in the middle of an uncommonly hot year and the forced distancing of an aggressive pandemic that has altered the dynamics of living itself. Davido's "FEM" has never pretended to not be this sort of song. From the first day of its release, it has reveled in its existence as the type of music to escape to when the overbearing isolation of lockdown presses too heavily. An exorcism of ennui, a sing-along, or a party starter, "FEM" was made to fit whatever you wanted it to be.

However, in the weeks since its release, the song has come to serve another purpose altogether. As young Nigerians have poured out into the streets across the country to protest against the brutality of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, "FEM" has kept playing with the vigour of a generational protest anthem. From Lagos to Abia to Benin and Abuja, video clips have flooded the Internet of people singing word-for-word to Davido's summer jam as they engage in peaceful protests. In one video, recorded at Alausa, outside the Lagos State Government House, youths break into an impromptu rendition of the song when the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tried addressing them; chants of "O boy you don dey talk too much" rent through the air, serving as proof of their dissatisfaction with his response to their demands—and the extortionist status quo.

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Trump to Remove Sudan from Terrorist List Following 330 Million Dollar Payment

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