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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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Ziminino's Striking New Video Explores Afro-Brazilian Life In Rio

Watch our premiere of the new music video for 'Intermitência.'

Ziminino is the collaborative project of Ricô Santana, Rafa Dias and Boima Tucker aka Chief Boima.

Having met in Rio de Janeiro, the three acts connected over trading Youtube clips of UK grime MCs, Chicago footwork dancers in Chicago and Atlanta trap producers. This naturally evolved into a creative partnership that draws influences from the many black music scenes across the world.

Their eponymous debut album, Ziminino, looks to showcase Africa's global influence on music & culture and will feature songs that reference black rhythms sung in French, English, and Portuguese. We've previously written up their last single "I'm Cool Like That."

Ziminino is now back with "Intermitência," a new music video from the album that explores the disparate Afro-Brazilian life in Rio. The striking black-and-white video was directed by Zakee Kuduro and features Angolan dancer/artist MC Caten.

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Police Have Arrested One of Two Prime Suspects In the Killing of Marielle Franco

Both suspects have been linked to Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

Authorities in Brazil are one step closer to brining the men responsible for the killing of Afro-Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, in March of last year, to justice The Intercept reports.

According to a police report obtained by the publication, six witnesses gave statements identifying an ex-officer—who was previously expelled from the city's Military Police Force after it was found that he had ties to one of Rio's largest organized crime groups—as one of the men responsible for the death of Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

After being withheld by investigators for months, the main suspects' names were released on Tuesday. Adriano Magalhães da Nóbregais is believed to be a hired assassin and the leader of the Office of Crime for a militia that controls the Rio das Pedras neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. He remains at large, according to Broadly.

Ronald Paulo Alves Pereira, another Military Police Officer and militia commander has been arrested in connection to the murder, according to a report from Brazilian publication G1, which shared photos of Pereira being taken into custody on Tuesday.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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