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Reply #270 posted 07/17/19 9:37am

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the “Batuka” video premieres on Friday


Yay I’m so excited!
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Reply #271 posted 07/17/19 10:58am

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the “Batuka” video premieres on Friday

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Reply #272 posted 07/18/19 2:26pm

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a picture from the "Batuka" video that premieres tomorrow

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Reply #273 posted 07/18/19 2:28pm

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Reply #274 posted 07/18/19 3:15pm

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Wow I love her look!
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Reply #275 posted 07/18/19 7:15pm

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Reply #276 posted 07/19/19 10:12am

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https://www.refinery29.co...-interview

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Watch The Exclusive Premiere Of Madonna’s “Batuka” Video & Hear From The Woman Herself

PHOTO: RICCARDO CASTANO.
Madonna is emailing me, and I’m totally fine. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She’s been the wallpaper on my phone, my dance tutor, the inspiration for long-expired passwords, and now we’re emailing. Through intermediaries, and there’s no FaceTime in the cards, but still. An artist and (I usually hate this word) icon I’ve loved, celebrated, analyzed, cited, and defended for 35 years, is answering some of my questions. Everything is absolutely chill, and I’m breathing normally. Keep your smelling salts.
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The occasion: Refinery29 is exclusively premiering the video for “Batuka,” off Madame X, Madonna’s fourteenth studio album, which debuted at #1 last month ...lboard 200. Like many critics and fans, I find Madame X to be particularly beautiful — her most cohesive and visionary LP since 2005’s disco opus Confessions on a Dance Floor, and her weirdest, most emotional dare since 2003’s woefully dismissed classic American Life. (Did I mention I’m a fan?)
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Even more than Bush-era American Life, Madame X finds Madonna reckoning with a bleak global moment as she considers her own remarkable history. This time, much of the sound was inspired by the superstar’s extended time with her children in Portugal, where she immersed herself in, and then interpreted, a range of musical traditions local to the region. That includes batuque, a style that emphasizes drumming, singing, and dancing, which was created by Black women from the island of Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony with a central role in the slave trade.
“Batuka” — a defiant, joyful cry for rebellion with a rousing call-and-response structure — is Madonna’s collaboration with the all-women Orquestra Batukadeiras, and they join her in the striking video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei and filmed off the coast of Lisbon. “I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind,” Madonna told Refinery29 of her collaborators.
The sixth video (so far) during this very cinematic Madame X era finds Madonna in a jam session with the Orquestra, with haunting shots of the coastline that reference the area’s brutal history. We also get to marvel at stunning closeups of the women in the Orquestra — as well at the Queen of Pop dancing freestyle in a floral dress and combat boots. An undisputed master and innovator of the form since the advent of MTV in the 1980s (see: “Material Girl,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue”), Madonna, with “Batuka,” has now starred in over 75 music videos.
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Here’s what Madonna told Refinery29 about recording and filming “Batuka,” working with the women, her own forgotten history of drumming, and more. It’s all very casual.
Refinery29: In the Inside Madame X short film, you spoke a bit about discovering Batuque and the Orquestra Batukadeiras, and then collaborating with the women on this song. What did these women teach you?
Madonna: “I learned a great deal from these women. Many of them came from very economically challenged backgrounds, without access to formal education. The ways we measure achievement and success in our conventional society fails to capture their singular brilliance and strength. I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind. You can’t learn these things in school. They taught me those things. It’s a tough world out there, and it’s inspiring to work with people who have been through the struggle but still manage to manifest and share joy with us all. That was a big part of the lesson.”
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The video serves to both recreate that recording experience and, it would seem, to evoke the painful-but-joyous history of Batuque, specifically its origins in Cape Verde and ties to slavery and suppression. How did you, your director Emmanuel Adjei, and the Orquestra work together to conceive of the visual narrative for the video?
“We wanted to honor how I met these women and our journey, with an organic and beautiful cinematic experience. We found a house that looked like a typical house that one would live in on the islands of Cape Verde next to the sea. Instead of me going to a small nightclub environment to meet them and hear them play, to then be invited into their circle, we choose a more natural and beautiful environment as the meeting place, ending up in the recording studio. It wasn’t easy to replicate the significance of our first meeting and how it all happened. How they invited me in and gave me a leather drum, sat me down and said ‘Join Us.’ They took turns dancing and embracing me. 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. They were just as joyful, just as down to earth, just as open, just as loving. I tried to capture the simplicity of that exchange. I hope it captures the range of emotions that I felt coming from them, and their music. I wanted to show the strength and the history, and I felt like all of their faces were just so expressive. I wanted to capture that in all of their close-ups.”
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Your dancing here seems improvised. How did you approach it?
“I was completely and utterly inspired by them. And there was no need or call for choreography. The dancing was organic and fluid; I just watched them move and joined them.”
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Even your biggest fans might forget that in the beginning of your career, you were a drummer for the NYC band Breakfast Club. How did you draw upon this past work to approach “Batuka”?
“Drumming for me is connected to dancing, since they’re both centered in rhythm. Moving at different times and different rhythms and different time signatures. That segue from playing the drums came easily for me, since that was my first job in a band. It was authentic for me, and I love it. I love playing percussion.”
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As you’ve described, “Madame X” takes on many disguises and persona. Who is she in “Batuka”?
“It’s all part of the journey of Madame X. Traveling to different places, different worlds, different cultures, experiencing different folk music. Madame X discovers and respects the history of it, of being inspired by it, and ultimately shares it with the world.”
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Will the women join you onstage when you perform in a live setting?
“Yes, not only are they in my show, they are my choir in general. They’re my choir in ‘God Control,’ ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Come Alive,’ and ‘I Rise.’ They’re even dancing in my show; they’ve become fully integrated in so many ways. It’s amazing. It’s crazy how multitalented they all are and how ready they are to share this experience. It’s been so great having them become a part of everything. They’re going to blow people away; the world isn’t ready.”
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Reply #277 posted 07/19/19 10:33am

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Is this it? https://www.youtube.com/w...U2eApGw_TU

Damn, Madonna's really giving IT on videos this album era. It's a long time she put so many videos out for an album, and all are really well produced, I'm very pleasantly surprised.

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BTW, did you guys see her rehearsing "Rescue Me" for the tour on Instagram? The new arrangement is gorgeous eek https://www.instagram.com..._copy_link

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Reply #278 posted 07/19/19 11:22am

alphastreet

Nice video!
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Reply #279 posted 07/20/19 12:53am

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Gorgeous video. I really love this era. Everything seems to have been planned much better than the last few albums where everything felt rushed. The Tracy Young remixes of 'I Rise' were released yesterday also. I feel like the Madame X era is drip feeding us new music, videos and visuals at a great pace. Last week was probably the first week I hadn't really listened to Madame X in full but now I want to dive back in. Even 'Batuka' which was one of my least favourite songs on the album, having seen the video I ow really like it, I think it has great production. I can't wait to see the Madame X tour in London next year!

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Reply #280 posted 07/22/19 12:28pm

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I like Madonna a lot and I'm excited about this era as anyone, but after Eurovision and Pride Island performances I really do hope her team gets her sorted out and ready proper for these upcoming shows. Pride Island was almost as embarassing as Eurovision, just messy. The banter is fun though.

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Reply #281 posted 07/22/19 12:51pm

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PATRICK LEONARD has just now finally shared the ever-elusive "Angels With Dirty Faces":

https://www.youtube.com/w...HhJW9gR7EY

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Apparently the demo is going to some sort of auction and PL ain't having it. lol

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Reply #282 posted 07/22/19 12:55pm

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https://gottahaverockandr...27899.aspx

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A Madonna original unreleased recording on cassette labeled with seven songs including: Like A Prayer, Angels with Dirty Faces, Spanish Eyes, Cherish, Little Girl, State of Matrimony and Dear Irene. Also written on the cassette "New Songs - Rough mix 2/4/88". The cassette box is labeled "Madonna 2 New Songs 2/4/88". Sold as is no copyright is given or implied. From the collection of Darlene Lutz, Madonna's former art advisor. Comes with a letter of provenance and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity.

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Reply #283 posted 07/22/19 12:56pm

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State of Matrimony suggests "Til Death Do Us Part" while "Dear Irene" suggests Dear Jessie. Ugh I wanna hearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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Reply #284 posted 07/22/19 1:08pm

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LOL at myself - Dear Irene is a typo the cassette clearly says Dear Jessie.

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Reply #285 posted 07/22/19 7:24pm

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Patrick Leonard has now provided the Like A Prayer and Cherish demos. I like the Princely soul clap during the verses on LAP:
https://m.youtube.com/wat...MSDeyFeafo
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Reply #286 posted 07/22/19 7:33pm

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In the comment section for Cherish, Patrick notes it was originally titled “Shuffle” hence the tape over the title on the page in the video:
https://m.youtube.com/wat...1bXwxH6I1I
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Reply #287 posted 07/22/19 7:48pm

SoulAlive

Interesting stuff! Such a shame that there is no LAP remaster with these demos as bonus tracks.
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Reply #288 posted 07/23/19 7:54am

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https://pagesix.com/2019/...o-madonna/
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Nice pic of Chappelle, Madonna, Jarobi (ATCQ), Thundercat, and Anderson.Paak
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Reply #289 posted 07/29/19 4:58pm

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Getting To Know Madame X, Madonna’s New Alter Ego

https://www.vogue.co.uk/v...a-madame-x

British Vogue’s June cover star Madonna discusses relocating to Lisbon, being a soccer mom and how her new home in Portugal has influenced her latest album, Madame X.

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A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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Reply #290 posted 07/30/19 6:41am

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Oh Madonna, you're not supposed to take a bath with your clothing on. Unless they're hot pants.

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Reply #291 posted 07/30/19 4:36pm

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SoulAlive said:

Interesting stuff! Such a shame that there is no LAP remaster with these demos as bonus tracks.


And it's the 30th anniversary, too.

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #292 posted 08/02/19 2:24pm

alphastreet

So is anyone going for her theatre tour?
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Reply #293 posted 08/02/19 2:28pm

SoulAlive

alphastreet said:

So is anyone going for her theatre tour?

I'm gonna skip this one.I've seen her in concert so many times,it's time to take a break smile but I'll be checking out all the Youtube videos and reading the fan reports.

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Reply #294 posted 08/02/19 2:32pm

alphastreet

I don’t mind too much that she’s not stopping here cause have also seen her live a couple of times. I can’t wait to see easy ride performed
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Reply #295 posted 08/02/19 3:04pm

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alphastreet said:

So is anyone going for her theatre tour?

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Guilty
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Reply #296 posted 08/02/19 4:13pm

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StrangeButTrue said:

alphastreet said:

So is anyone going for her theatre tour?

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Guilty


Lucky!
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Reply #297 posted 08/07/19 8:02am

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alphastreet said:

StrangeButTrue said:
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Lucky!

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I'm excited yet skeptical. She has yet to do a show that I have attended as a "let down" though I will readily admit I skipped the tours for Hard Candy and MDNA albums. The well-funded, cutting edge theaters angle is intriguing with endless possibilities and I love the little rehearsal clips she has been posting.

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Reply #298 posted 08/07/19 8:51am

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StrangeButTrue said:

alphastreet said:

StrangeButTrue said: Lucky!

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I'm excited yet skeptical. She has yet to do a show that I have attended as a "let down" though I will readily admit I skipped the tours for Hard Candy and MDNA albums. The well-funded, cutting edge theaters angle is intriguing with endless possibilities and I love the little rehearsal clips she has been posting.

The tours you skipped are the ones I went to! I'm also liking her rehearsal clips and am curious how it'll turn out

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Reply #299 posted 08/07/19 1:05pm

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alphastreet said:

StrangeButTrue said:

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I'm excited yet skeptical. She has yet to do a show that I have attended as a "let down" though I will readily admit I skipped the tours for Hard Candy and MDNA albums. The well-funded, cutting edge theaters angle is intriguing with endless possibilities and I love the little rehearsal clips she has been posting.

The tours you skipped are the ones I went to! I'm also liking her rehearsal clips and am curious how it'll turn out

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Oh how unfortunate lol just kidding I watched the DVDs both tours were very entertaining and cutting edge, just not my cup of tea. I loved Drowned World, Reinvention, and Confessions Tours so hard and the new material (HC, MDNA) just wasn't working for me. To each their own! For the new shows I am most excited to hear Batuka and Killers Who Are Partying live.

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