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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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