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Scene from "Take Me Away." (Youtube)

Watch This Stunning New Video From Brazil's TrapFunk&Alivio

"Take Me Away" is a song about freedom and leisure—momentary getaways from the everyday struggles of lack of opportunities and violence in Northeastern Amaralina.

TrapFunk&Alivio are a Brazilian group coming out with some high-energy music built on influences from their home of Salvador, Bahia.

The quartet—comprised of Dj Alle-x, Manno Lipe, Dj MG and Banha—collaborated with NY-based producer Kashaka last year on the 4-track Bota Kára EP, which blends favela funk influences with hip-hop and much more.

"Take Me Away," one of the highlights from that EP, now gets this striking, glitchy new music video directed by Rafael Ramos, which follows the group to Amaralina beach.

"Take Me Away" is a track about freedom and leisure, which are just momentary getaways from the group and their neighborhood's everyday struggles due to lack of job opportunities and violence. The song features Choppy Chan.

"During the production process [of this song] we lived [through] a great slaughter in our favela (Northeastern Amaralina) and concluded that we should make a track with the theme "Freedom," Leisure," TrapFunk&Alivio mention in a press statement.


In the new clip, Ramos shows their moments of fun and escape at the beach in beautiful slow motion as the sun comes up. The group is all decked out in their neon green outfits.

Watch the new music video for TrapFunk&Alivio's "Take Me Away" below.

TrapFunk&Alivio - Take Me Away (feat. Choppy Chan) youtu.be


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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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