Madonna unveiled her new video for “Batuka” from Madame X on Friday (July 19).
The visual begins 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.”
“The drums were condemned by the Church and taken away from the slaves because it was considered an act of rebellion,” it continues. “The women continued their singing and dancing and the Batuque lives on today.”
The video, which was filmed off the coast of Lisbon and references its brutal history, shows the strong women of the orchestra as they dance, sing, and support one another.
“Batuka” was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars the Orquestra Batukadeiras, an all-female orchestra based in Portugal.
So far, this is the sixth video from Madame X, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month.
Watch the hopeful video below.