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Video Premiere: Buraka Som Sistema, “Buffalo Stance”

May 20, 2010


Neneh Cherry's dancehall-video-referencing, technicolor graffiti for 1988's "Buffalo Stance" forged the future for everyone from Deee-Lite (whose own groovy videos came a couple years post facto) to MIA (duh). But in this clipped beat cover by electro-kuduro superstars Buraka Som Sistema for Dr. Marten's 50th anniversary project directed by Anthony Burrill, the tie-dye gets updated for today's ruthless ravers, transforming from Cherry's fuzzy psychedelia to the retina-burning day-glo of the global dance massive. Accordingly, nobody from Buraka Som Sistema actually appears in this, letting a ragtag sparkle motion dance their faces off in styles descended from kuduro but not explicitly so—wild choreographical hybrids of the Angolan booty pop, the jerk and turf, shameless frugging and, in one triumphant clip, the Bobby Brown "My Prerogative" side-to-side leg lift. The cover's approximately 20 minutes long, clearly better fit for DJs to mix than, say, play in its entirety on a radio, so it's the perfect progression from Neneh's club hit to this particular epoch of dance culture—a borderless soundclash complete with little kids taking care of the chorus. (Ravers love the kids.)

Video Premiere: Buraka Som Sistema, “Buffalo Stance”