PREMIERE: The Souljazz Orchestra “Dog Eat Dog” Video
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Founded 15 years ago in Ottawa, Canada, The Souljazz Orchestra have gone on to rock venues in over two dozen countries, sharing bills with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti. Their latest album, Under Burning Skies—which adds vintage ’80s synthesizers and early drum machines to their orchestra’s trademark horn arrangements—drops September 22 on UK-based Strut Records. Today MASS APPEAL premieres the official video for the opening track from the project, “Dog Eat Dog.” The song features spoken word commentary from Nigerian writer, activist and artist Mabinuori Kayode Idowu, former member of Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70.
“We wrote ‘Dog Eat Dog’ in reaction to the rise of Donald Trump and the far-Right in the U.S. and across the world,” the Souljazz Orchestra told us via email. “Despite the often populist rhetoric, it’s a movement that favors a survival-of-the-fittest society, exacerbating income inequality, and really only benefitting the richest of the rich.”
The video is a pastiche of footage from Roman Davidov’s 1963 animated short The Shareholder, a scathing ideological satire starring a factory worker who starts out a believer and ends up a revolutionary. “Despite the film’s propagandist undertones, its message was right on point,” reads the Souljazz Orchetra statement. “We all felt it was a great visual complement to the tune.” Check the video up top and preorder the album here.
1. DOG EAT DOG
3. SORROW FLY AWAY
4. TAMBOUR À DEUX PEAUX
5. UNDER BURNING SKIES
6. HOLLA HOLLA
7. IS YEELYEL
8. ADAWE BOOGIE
9. OUBLIER POUR UN JOUR
10. ADUNA JARUL NAAWO