International trio Major Lazer has always had strong roots in the Caribbean islands, but its recent Afrobeats mix proves the riddim monster knows its way around humanity’s birth continent. The 30-minute megamix featured ill tracks from artists far and wide, representing Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and more. It also featured some new tunes from Major Lazer with African vocalists, including mix intro beater “Orkant/Balance Pon It” featuring South Africa’s Babes Wodumo.
It’s a lively, beat-driven warehouse jam that packs serious smoky heat. It just got its own music video, too, directed by fellow South African Adriaan Louw (who also directed Major Lazer’s “Particula” clip). It was filmed on location in the country’s coastal city of Durban and highlights many aspects of the city’s local flavor.
Major Lazer will continue its love affair with Africa with a six-date tour across the continent, kicking off in Johannesburg in late September and running through early October.
You can fall in love with Africa, too, with the “Orkant/Balance Pon It” music video below.
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) September 18, 2018
Major Lazer African Tour 2018
Sept 29 — Johannesburg, South Africa H2O @ Wild Waters Complex
Sept 30 — Leopards Bay @ Malawi Lake of Stars Festival
Oct 5 — Lagos, Nigeria @ Hard Rock Beach
Oct 6 — Nairobi, Kenya @ Tuborg Open & Kenya Nights
Oct 7 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia @ Bira Biro
Oct 8 — Kampala, Uganda @ Sheraton Gardens