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This Zimbabwean Collective Is Living Their Best Life In The Video For ‘Loco Loco’

Prior to releasing their EP, 'Safe in Sound,' MERK drop the video for “Loco Loco.”

MERK is a New York-based Zimbabwean music collective who've been making buzz in the run-up to their upcoming EP, Safe in Sound (due October 9).

The group just released a video for “Loco Loco," a song that has elements of afrobeats, reggae and pop. The clip features the MERK crew frolicking and playing soccer.

“The record is fun, it felt like a single and we felt like it needed a fun video,” says Bic, the crew’s frontman. “[The video] is kind of inspired by Space Jam, one of our childhood favorites. We played an entire game of football during the shoot. We won.”

Watch the video for “Loco Loco” above and pre-order the 16-track Safe in Sound EP here.

Follow MERK on Twitter and Instagram.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

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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