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"Batuka"
Released June 14, 2019
Length 4:57
Writer(s) Madonna Ciccone
David Banda
Mirwais Ahmadzaï
Producer(s) Madonna
Mirwais

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"Batuka" is a song by Madonna from her fourteenth studio album Madame X, released on June 14, 2019. The song features backing vocals by the Orquestra Batukadeiras.[1]

Background

Madonna makes reference to her single "Like a Prayer".

Music video

The music video for "Batuka" premiered exclusively on Refinery 29[2] on July 19, 2019 shortly before being uploaded to Madonna's official YouTube channel. The video was filmed off the coast of Lisbon on São Julião Beach, Ericeira, and stars Madonna along with the Orquestra Batukadeiras. The clip was directed by Emmanuel Adjei.[3]

The video is comprised of footage of Madonna and the women of Orquestra Batukadeira singing, dancing, and playing drums, with footage of the Ericeira coastline and an old house by the sea as well as some short historical footage. There were many closeups of the Batukadeiras faces, which Madonna stated "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."

In an interview with Justin Ravitz of Refinery 29, when asked how Adjei, the Orquestra and herself worked together to conceive of the visual narrative for the video, Madonna stated —

"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."
Madonna also mentioned that her dancing in the video was "organic and fluid". Speaking of the Orquestra she said "I just watched them move and joined them".

Music Video Information
Madonna - Batuka (Official Music Video)

Madonna - Batuka (Official Music Video)

Released July 19, 2019
Length 6:01
Director Emmanuel Adjei
Production Co Tom Birmingham
Choreographer Megan Lawson
Filmed
Location Ericeira, Portugal
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Lyrics

Chorus (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
It's a long way (It’s a long way)
It's a long way (It's a long way)
It’s a long day (It's a long day)
It's a long day (It's a long day)

Verse 1 (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
Lord have Mercy (Lord have Mercy)
Things have got to change (Things have got to change)
There's a storm ahead (There's a storm ahead)
I hear the wind blowing (I hear the wind blowing)
Let me catch my breath (Let me catch my breath)
Will we win this race? (Will we win this race?)
Swear the road is long (Swear the road is long)
And the highway listens (And the highway listens)

Chorus (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
'Cause it's a long way ('Cause it’s a long way)
It's a long way (It’s a long way)
'Cause it's a long day ('Cause it’s a long day)
It's a long day (It's a long day)

The Batukadeiras Orchestra Interlude

Verse 2 (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
I was up all night
I said a little prayer
Get that old man
Put him in a jail
Where he can't stop us (Where he can't stop us)
Where he can't hurt us (Where he can't hurt us)
Will we stand tall? (Will we stand tall?)
Underneath this tree (Underneath this tree)
'Cause it's a—

Chorus (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
'Cause it's a long way ('Cause it's a long way)
It's a long way (It's a long way)
'Cause it's a long day ('Cause it's a long day)
It's a long day (It's a long day)

Verse 3 (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
But will we taste the freedom (But will we taste the freedom)
In the right way (In the right way)
Will we stand together? (Will we stand together?)
It's a new day (It's a new day)
So don't judge a human (Don't judge a human)
'Til you're in their shoes ('Til you're in their shoes)
'Cause if you have a dream ('Cause if you have a dream)
Then you can't stop us (Then you can't stop us)

Bridge (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
Sing "Hallelujah" (Sing "Hallelujah")
Say "Amen" (Say "Amen")
Say "Hallelujah" (Say "Hallelujah")
And say "Amen" (And say "Amen")
I say "Oh, yeah" (I say "Oh, yeah")
I said "Oh, yeah" (I said "Oh, yeah")
I said "Amen" (I said "Amen")
I say "Hallelujah" (I say "Hallelujah")

Chorus (Madonna, The Batukadeiras Orchestra):
'Cause it's a long way ('Cause it's a long way)
It's a long way (It's a long way)
'Cause it's a long day ('Cause it's a long day)
It's a long day

The Batukadeiras Orchestra Outro
[4]

References

  1. https://listen.tidal.com/album/110751576/credits
  2. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/238160/madonna-batuka-music-video-madame-x-interview?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=tweet
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU2eApGw_TU
  4. https://genius.com/Madonna-batuka-lyrics
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