Music duo Sofi Tukker teamed up with Colombian band Bomba Estéreo for their new single “Playa Grande.” The cross-continental collaboration is sung in three different languages – English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as a little Spanglish and Portuñol.
According to the press release, the track’s tropical flair underscores its message of surrendering to your bliss and indulging in [uninhibited] communal dancing.” The Colombian bandmates groove across the verses and make the chorus a mission statement, “Vamos a Bailar! Bailar! Bailar!”. Together onstage at Coachella, they all performed the song live and SOFI TUKKER will be taking “Playa Grande” on the road for their shows this fall.
“The music video sees SOFI TUKKER teaming up once more with Mac Boucher, the creative mind behind the “Best Friend,” “Batshit,” and “Fuck They” music videos. For the clip, SOFI TUKKER traveled to Costeño Beach in Santa Marta, located next to the Tayrona Park, a Natural Reserve Park in Colombia where the Andes end at the sea. It is the highest mountain in the world next to the ocean. The Tayronas (indigenous population) call the park, ‘The World’s Lung’. The video is an ode to the earth, specifically to the sacred land that Li from Bomba Estéreo lives on.”
When asked about the inspiration behind the flaring music video, Mac Boucher had this to say: “The idea behind ‘Playa Grande’ was to celebrate nature and the elements. Fire, water, earth and air. This felt so natural to SOFI TUKKER’s vibe, Bomba Estéreo’s, and of course the environment we were in. We thought of Li, living on the beach and inviting us into her little piece of paradise was reflective of a spirit of nature, and taking the leap to goddess of the ocean was a natural evolution. Incorporating timeless symbolism like the sun and moon made the imagery much more complete. And tying it together with [fantastical] looking earth made it feel both alien but also reminded us that this is our home.”
“The only thing more fun than making a song with one of our favorite bands of all time is getting to spend a week with them in their hometown and filming a video with one of our favorite bands of all time!” Tucker says of the experience. “This video was the perfect excuse for us to fly to Colombia, hang out and bond with Bomba Estéreo, and do the most fun activities we could imagine doing together. We rode horses on the beach, took a boat out and went swimming, threw a bonfire party on the beach where Li led a collective orgasm, and got dressed in Colombian clothes.”
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