Pearls Negras' Carnival Funhouse Video For 'Make It Last'

Watch the trippy new video for "Make It Last" from Brazilian rap group Pearls Negras

Our obsession with Brazilian teen rap titans Pearls Negras began earlier this summer when we covered their high octane baile funk sound as part of our Afro-Brazil 2014 series. Though everyone else might have moved on from the football frenzy of the World Cup, we're still keeping tabs on all the promising new acts we came across from the South American nation. Vidigal's powerhouse trio, made up of Alice, Jeni and Mari, are back this time around with the polychromatic home video for "Make It Last" off their Nossa Gang mixtape. Pearls Negras guides us on a warped tour of their trippy, madhouse carnival in the highly-stylized visuals helmed by award-winning director Ian Pons Jewell. The tongue-in-cheek clip also lampoons the melodrama of a Brazilian telenovela as we're invited to stay out all night and party non-stop to the booming cut off their Nossa Gang mixtape. Check out Pearls Negras European tour dates and treat yourself to a mid-afternoon ocular hallucinogen with their "Make It Last" video below.

Pearls Negras 2014 European Tour Dates

08.29.14 - Aoutside Festival Headline Show Palaisseau, FR

09.03.14 - Silencio Paris, FR

09.04.14 - Old Blue Last London, UK:

09.11.14 - LUX Lisbon, PT

09.13.14 - Birthdays London, UK


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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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