Madonna shares powerful visual for “Batuka”

The singer spotlights batuque, a traditional music genre from Cabo Verde.

Madonna has released a video for “Batuka,” a cut from her recently released 14th studio album, Madame X.

The clip unabashedly dives into the colonial history of Cabo Verde, the African archipelago which was occupied by the Portuguese for centuries. It opens with a line of context: “Batuque is a style of music created by women that originated in [Cabo] Verde, some say the birthplace of slave trade.” Later in the clip, Madonna herself sings and dances with the Orquestra Batukadeiras, an all-female batuque orchestra based in Portugal.

The video was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and shot off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal. According to an interview with Refinery29, the singer wanted to recreate her first encounter with the women and celebrate the friendship that developed over the recording process of “Batuka.”


“We wanted to honor how I met these women and our journey, with an organic and beautiful cinematic experience,” Madonna explained. “It wasn’t easy to replicate the significance of our first meeting and how it all happened. […] They invited me into their world and made me feel extremely welcome. When I asked them to record with me it was the exact same experience.”

“Batuka” is the sixth track from Madame X to receive the visual treatment. Previously released videos include “Dark Ballet” with Mykki Blanco and “Crave” featuring Swae Lee.

Watch the clip here:


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