Says Boddhi Satva: “Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was impossible to shoot the video in the same location. The idea of a lyric video came as an ideal alternative and also a good way to allow this Pan-African collaboration (very much one of the first of its kind) to be understood by a wider audience. The video was created by talented Belgium-based and Cameroon-born director MARABOUT, who captured the essence of the song with bold and beautiful colours.”
Enlisting a stellar trio of vocal talents for ‘Ragga Ragga’, Boddhi Satva lays down a potent Dancehall production, with his own unmistakable ‘Ancestral Soul’ sound in full effect. First up on the mic is Angolan music star Preto Show, who delivers a powerful opening in his native Portuguese. Previous collaborations with the likes of Gappy Ranks and Sizzla make Ghanaian crossover superstar Stonebwoy’s Dancehall credentials undeniable, and he doesn’t disappoint here with a typically assured performance. Delivering the song’s dynamite hook is rising Central African / Lebanese star Nefer Tenny, ensuring ‘Ragga Ragga’ stays firmly stuck in the memory.
Issued on BBE Music’s new sister label Batakari, founded in 2020 by Peter Adarkwah and Boddhi Satva, ‘Ragga Ragga’ sums up the imprint’s musical aesthetic beautifully: deeply rooted, futuristic, inventive African sounds from across the continent and beyond.
Concept, Editing and Direction: Marabout
Produced and Composed by Boddhi Satva
Additional Drums by Beatoven
Mixed by Boddhi Satva
Vocals mixed by Beatoven in Lisbon
Vocals performed by Preto Show, Stonebwoy, Tenny and Laton.
Lyrics written and performed by Preto Show, Stonebwoy, Tenny and Laton
Artwork by Yazmin Huerta
Mastered by Martin Iveson
Publishing: Boddhi Satva @SABAM (Published by Offering Recordings Sub Published by ATAL), Preto Show @SPA, Stonebwoy @PRS, Tenny @SACEM