On Friday (July 19th) Madonna unveiled her new video for “Batuka” from Madame X
The visual for the Interscope-released song is consistent with the pop star’s other activist productions, starting with a message: “Batuque is a style of music created by women that originated in Cape Verde, some say the birth place of slave trade.” Continuing, the transmission notes “The drums were condemned by the Church and taken away from the slaves because it was considered an act of rebellion…. The women continued their singing and dancing and the Batuque lives on today.”
“Batuka” was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars the Orquestra Batukadeiras, an all-female orchestra based in Portugal. The clip, which was filmed off the coast of Lisbon and references its brutal history, shows the strong women of the group as they dance, sing, and support one another. Check out the informational but uplifting video for “Batuka” below.