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Photo by Mavel Valdes, courtesy of Guampara Music.

Guámpara Music's New Music Video for 'Cubanéatelo' Is a Summer Treat

We premiere the latest visual coming from Cuba's first independent urban music label.

This August, OkayAfrica shines a light on the connections between Africa and the Latin-American world. Whether it's the music, politics or intellectual traditions, Africans have long been at the forefront of Latino culture, but they haven't always gotten the recognition. We explore the history of Afro-Latino identity and its connection to the motherland.

Guámpara Music catches up with OkayAfrica to premiere their music video for their new single, "Cubanéatelo."

Produced by JD Asere, Cuba's first independent urban music label stacked the track with voices you should know: the beastly flow of Niño Fony, the versatile rhythm of El Individuo, the reggae of Cuba Lions with the vocals of DJ Lapiz, the sultry voice of Sigrid and the poetry of Luz De Cuba.

Guámpara explains further that cubanéatelo is a made-up word that refers to a Caribbean state of being when you just have to go with the flow.

The track is perfect for every summer dance party, as the sound nods to the bakosó movement—a contemporary sound coming out of Santiago de Cuba that is heavily afrobeats inspired.


Photo by Mavel Valdes, courtesy of Guampara Music.

The label also translates a bit the lyrics for you to follow along:

Nino Fony opens it up with a killer dancehall intro, welcoming everyone to the party and warming up the crowd. El Individuo flows about the music and rhythm, and closes with a joke about how "hot" his flow is–or is it just the inescapable Havana heat?

DJ Lapiz picks it up from there, merging the themes of Fony and El Individuo: he talks about the heat, the beach, the sun, the party, the people–knocking down borders and assuring the audience that not even the police will shut things down. Then Sigrid drops in as a member of the crowd who's throwing off their "usual routine" and living for the joy of the moment.

Luz de Cuba unifies all of this. She sings of Olurum, the Yoruba god, who encompasses all–the music, the joy of the party, our bodies, the heat of the sun, the sand on the beach, the island of Cuba, the trees and dew and Mother Earth. Enjoy it, she reminds us. Because in the Yoruba faith you are as close to the gods dancing to music at a summer party as you are anywhere else.

Get into "Cubanéatelo" below.

To keep up with Guámpara Music, follow them on YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp and Instagram.

Revisit DJ Jigüe's 'Afrosekuele' EP here.

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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