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30 July 2019


by Alice May

Madonna: “Batuka” - 6 mins 01s

Madonna turns her searchlight back to Africa for this new track from her latest album 'Madame X'. Well, the coast of Africa, to be more precise; the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde, which played a significant role in the slave trade.

Both the song and the video are centred around the women who lived and continue to live here, and who created the genre of music and dance called batuque.

While it's beautifully filmed, and at sixty-years-old Madonna must be commended for continuing to search out diverse influences, her oddly youthful look seems more contrived than ever against the open, natural grace of the women she dances with. And given that this is a song about women standing strong together in the face of male tyranny, all we can think is how Madonna is still herself enslaved to the male gaze.

Film Production: COMPULSORY Ⓟ Ⓦ

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