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Major Lazer – Light It Up ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG (Official Music Video)

Working with Diplo we discussed how he wanted to convey this simple message with a real sense of beauty, authenticity and genuine feeling. Because Fuse’s family is from Ghana, and he was over there recording, we thought it would bring a really interesting aesthetic to film the video there. Delving deeper into Ghanaian culture, we found that their traditional funeral ceremonies perfectly exemplify this sense of coming together to rise up against sadness.

The whole community joins together, first in mourning the death, then in celebrating the life that was lived. We worked closely with a Ghanaian family and rural village, meeting the elders and receiving their blessing to film and partake in a real funeral ceremony.

We wanted to base the video in this very real, documentary world but also tried to capture a sense of journey and passing of the deceased’s spirit by adding a surreal tone to our visuals, both in terms of the way we filmed the funeral but also by adding some more ethereal elements to the piece.

I found a poem “Kae” [Remember] written in a traditional Ghanaian language; Twe, which felt like the perfect companion to the video as it is about reflecting on sadness but rising up and looking to the future and to new life.

– Director Sam Pilling on marking “Light it Up” music video in Ghana

[Lyrics]
STAND UP LIKE A SOLDIER BABY
YEAH I KNOW YOU BUILT LIKE THAT
GUN IT LIKE HOLSTER BABY
SHOW DEM SAY YOU WICKED LIKE THAT

WE LIVE WHERE THE WAR IS RAGING
CHASING OUR CRAZY DREAMS
HOPING THAT THE BRIDGE WON’T CAVE IN
TONIGHT WE LET IT ALL GO FREE

GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME ROCK IN A DANCE
GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME ROCK IN A DANCE
MASH IT UP HOT STEP IN A DANCE
GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME ROCK
GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME ROCK IN A DANCE
GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME ROCK IN A DANCE
MASH IT UP HOT STEP IN A DANCE
GIMME THE TING AND MAKE ME LIGHT IT UP

SHOW THEM YOU’RE FLAMES TO THE FIRE
IT’S WRITTEN LIKE YOUR NAME ON A FLYER
THEY WANNA TAME YOUR DESIRE
BUT YOU LIGHT IT UP NOW YOUR AIMS GETTING HIGHER
I DEY WAIT FOR MESSIAH
BUT UNTIL THAT DAY I’MMA RISE UP HIGH
I PUT MY LIGHT IN THE AIR
I WANNA SEE EVERYWHERE

1 BY 1 LET ME SEE YOU
2 BY 2 FOR THE SEQUEL
3 BY 3 FOR MY PEOPLE

(I KNOW SAY I’M BOUND TO BE NEXT LIKE MY NEIGHBOUR)

1 BY 1 LET ME SEE YOU
2 BY 2 FOR THE SEQUEL
3 BY 3 FOR MY PEOPLE
(1 2 3 EVERYBODY GO)

1 BY 1 LET ME SEE YOU
2 BY 2 FOR THE SEQUEL
3 BY 3 FOR MY PEOPLE
(I KNOW SAY I’M BOUND TO BE NEXT LIKE MY NEIGHBOUR)

1 BY 1 LET ME SEE YOU
2 BY 2 FOR THE SEQUEL
3 BY 3 FOR MY PEOPLE
SET IT ABLAZE LIKE A CANDLE WICK
HOTTER HOTTER HOTTER HOTTER
YEAH LIGHT UP

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