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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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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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South African Designer Thebe Magugu Becomes International Woolmark Prize Finalist

Multi award-winning South African fashion designer, Thebe Magugu, has been named as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize.