SOFI TUKKER & Bomba Estéreo
Photo: Bina Fronda
Watch: SOFI TUKKER & Bomba Estéreo's "Playa Grande" Will Get You Dancing Right Now
While the celebratory music video, directed by Mac Boucher, feels like the two GRAMMY-nominated duos have been working together for years, it is their first song together.
"The only thing more fun than making a song with one of our favorite bands of all time is getting to spend a week with them in their hometown and filming a video with one of our favorite bands of all time!" Tucker Halpern of SOFI TUCKER said in the press release."This video was the perfect excuse for us to fly to Colombia, hang out and bond with Bomba Estéreo, and do the most fun activities we could imagine doing together. We rode horses on the beach, took a boat out and went swimming, threw a bonfire party on the beach where Li [Saumet] led a collective orgasm, and got dressed in Colombian clothes."
The visual opens with Saumet of Bomba Estereo hovering over the gorgeous natural backdrop like a goddess of light. She uses her mystic powers to ritualistically cleanse Sophie Hawley-Weld and Halpern before the moon rises for a bonfire-lit dance party. "Vamos a bailar! Bailar! Bailar!" ("Let's dance! Dance! Dance!") Hawley-Weld and Saumet encourage as they sing the chorus.
Video director Boucher, also worked with SOFI TUKKER on their playful "Batsh*t," "F**k They" and "Best Friend" music videos, the latter of which the dynamic duo ride ATVs with the song's collaborators in Ibiza, Spain for what looked like another of the most fun video shoots ever.
We filmed the video for 'Playa Grande' in Santa Marta, Colombia, a place that has become very close to our hearts. The health of our planet depends on the preservation of waters and lands like those in Colombia, and that’s why @nature_org is working hard to protect them. pic.twitter.com/DerWQCAPE8
— SOFI TUKKER (@sofitukker) May 31, 2019
The filming for "Playa Grande" took the L.A.-by-way-of-N.Y.C. duo to Bomba Estéreo's native Colombia, specifically to the gorgeous Costeño Beach in Santa Marta, which sits next to Tayrona Park, a natural reserve where the Andes meet the sea. A press release explains that "the Tayronas (indigenous population) call the park, 'The World's Lung'. The video is an ode to the earth, specifically to the sacred land that Saumet lives on." Boucher expands on the vision behind the video:
"The idea behind 'Playa Grande' was to celebrate nature and the elements. Fire, water, earth and air. This felt so natural to SOFI TUKKER's vibe, Bomba Estéreo's, and of course the environment we were in. We thought of Li, living on the beach and inviting us into her little piece of paradise was reflective of a spirit of nature, and taking the leap to goddess of the ocean was a natural evolution. Incorporating timeless symbolism like the sun and moon made the imagery much more complete. And tying it together with a fantastical looking earth made it feel both alien but also reminded us that this is our home."
.@lisaumet de @bombaestereo llegó a #Coachella para acompañar a @sofitukker y presentar su colaboración 'Playa grande'. La fiesta que se armó esa noche en el Mojave Stage no puede describirse con palabras, pero la misma Li nos cuenta esta experiencia. pic.twitter.com/V21ndUAGF2
— Shock.co (@ShockCo) May 31, 2019
SOFI TUKKER first debuted the new song during their high-energy Coachella set, where Samuet and Pabllo Vittar, a Brazilian drag queen/pop star, joined the duo on stage for an amazing dance party moment that had the overflowing Mohave tent jumping.
If, even after watching "Playa Grande," you're still wondering if the duo are living their best lives, you can stop now. During the Recording Academy's Coachella interview with the duo, which took place the day before their Weekend 1 set, when asked if SOFI TUKKER was their real life fantasy situation. Without pause, Hawley-Weld responded, "Totally, hundred percent," to which Halpern added, "One million percent."