Video: I.R.O.K. 'Earthy Girls'

I.R.O.K. [The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo] “Earthy Girls” video.

The video for The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo's "Earthy Girls" is a cross-cultural infusion of North African outfits, Western synthesizers and Olympic ceremony Brazilian baile-funk dancers — all those (and many more) are thrown together unapologetically for the green-screened visuals. Watch the video and catch the group on their upcoming NYC shows, listed below.

For more on the project read our interview with I.R.O.K's Moroccan bandleader Mike Title, in which we talk about the influence of North Africa and Fela's Africa '70 on his group's "violent psychotropic afro-punk" sound. "Earthy Girls" will be up for free download from Acid Bath Records on Oct 26.

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Wed 17 Oct The Cake Shop, Lower East Side

Thur 18 Oct Xpo 929, Brooklyn


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Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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