It was a massive year for Major Lazer and the group's creator Diplo, who won Grammy awards alongside Skrillex for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü and Best Dance Recording for Where Are Ü Now with Skrillex and Justin Bieber at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Coming off the heels of their success, international superstars Major Lazer - the collaborative project of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire - premiere their video for ‘Light It Up’ featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG.
The video filmed in Fuse ODG's native Ghana appears on the extended edition of the group's highly acclaimed 2015 release ‘Peace is the Mission’, and was directed by Sam Pilling.
“The whole sentiment of this Major Lazer track is about overcoming negativity and sadness, coming together, and rising up in dance to ‘Light It Up’,” says Pilling
“Because Fuse's family is from Ghana 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 the 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 village, meeting the elders and receiving their blessing to film a real funeral ceremony.”
“I found a poem 'Kae' [Remember] written in traditioanl 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.” Pilling went on to explain.
Major Lazer and Sam Pilling knocked it out of the park with the visuals to ‘Light It Up’, definitely heart warming.