Ten years ago, sonic curiosity and a shared passion of Afro-Indigenous music brought about the formation of Solar Systema, a seven-piece Colombian band putting on for the Caribbean region of Colombia. At the top of this year, the group released Rumbo a Tierra, which provided them for the first time continuous exposure in the U.S.
Heavy on the Afro-Caribbean sound, fusing champeta, bullerengue, hip-hop and electronic beats, Systema Solar is back with a pico-party of a music video — directed by Juan David Hernandez and the Bones crew — for their “Mi Caribe” cut, and it’s nothing short of amazing.
“The song’s theme runs the gamut of cultural practices of the Colombian Caribbean, those that daily and from the ancestral are maintained and resist the onslaught of selfishness and corruption,” explains lead singer Jhon Primera of the record’s political nature. “It’s a salutation that needs no explanation when you point it out to someone on any street in our Caribbean; a reaffirmation of solidarity and complicity with something well done or something that seals an action that builds the strength of our gestures and orality.”
Using the ever-so-clutch green screen, the band saw in “Mi Caribe” an opportunity to play in the creation of incredible worlds and iconographies in an intelligent, stylized way that would very clearly compliment a message that promoted “a non-exoticized or commercialized Caribbean being that further reinforces the context of the song.”
“Mi Caribe” is a timely reminder of what solidarity in the face of political corruption and xenophobia can look like. Watch it all unfold in the video below.