After performing in Kenya in 2018, Major Lazer honoured their Kenyan fans by debuting the video to the remix of “Blow That Smoke” in Kenya.
The song features Tove Lo and was produced by Nigerian producer E Kelly. The music video is a collaboration between Duran Levinson & Dolph - a production company based in Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Shot in Cape Town and Johannesburg - South Africa the project started with Duran filming some scenes and travelling around Cape Town, looking for interesting people and unique stories before travelling to Johannesburg for 2 weeks to work with Jesse & Dan of Dolph. Together they travelled into mine dumps, the heart of Soweto and townships like Cosmo City looking to capture some cinematic realism and good vibes. The video was shot by Duran and Marty Bleazard and later edited and animated by Jesse & Dan, who really brought everything to life with their strong visual styles.
Duran Levinson says, “This project was a collaboration between a small group of people who did it for the love and the opportunity to work with Major Lazer. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”
E Kelly has produced several top-charting records such as: “So inspired” by Waje ft. Muna, “Say My Name” by Wizkid, Mr Eazi’s “Pour Me Water” and Loose Kaynon’s “Mo Ti De” ft. Maytronomy. The remix follows a string of releases from Major Lazer collaborating with African artists including Burna Boy, Babes Wodumo, Mr Eazi, RAYE and Kizz Daniel, plus Kranium.
Originally released in October, “Blow That Smoke” continues to receive critical acclaim—Rolling Stone describes the song as “a bouncy stomper with a West African guitar riff and heavy groove.”
Major Lazer also revealed their career spanning Major Lazer Essentials compilation this year. Essentials highlights Major Lazer’s reach across the globe, and the vast range of their influences and influence to date. Upon the release, Billboard hailed “it’s undeniable how important and multi-faceted Major Lazer’s 10 years have been.” With three albums under their belt, the band continues to tour the world over, making the world smaller by making the party bigger. A highly anticipated fourth album is on the way, with much more to come from Major Lazer in 2019.