Los Rakas and Amara La Negra’s “Devórame” is the collaboration of our dreams – but one that finally became true. The Oakland-based Panamanian duo and the Love & Hip Hop: Miami star are at the forefront of Afro-Latinx representation in the current musical landscape, and it was only a matter of time until they hit the studio to make some magic.
Raka Dun, Raka Rich, and Amara are known for their reverence of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and on “Devórame,” which premiered yesterday on Apple Music’s Beats 1, they opted for reggaeton with just enough touches of dancehall to make the temperature rise as soon as you press play. Riding a thick dembow riddim with acoustic guitar licks to set the mood, Amara and Los Rakas alternate verses between a sticky chorus.
Along with the song comes a video directed by Matt Alonzo, which we’re premiering exclusively here at Remezcla. The track already evokes images of a nighttime beach rave, and this video is here to manifest that vision. The clip switches between shots of a sunny day spent in the palm trees to an after-hours turn up. Los Rakas bring their performance A-game, but Amara undoubtedly steals the show, serving strong looks throughout the video. This is black excellence.
Raka Dun has nothing but praises for their “Devórame” collaborator. “Amara La Negra is an icon for Afro-Latinas,” he says. “We love her style and how she reps the culture. Los Rakas and Amara together is just plain obvious; it had to happen.”
“Devórame” is the first single from Los Rakas’ forthcoming album Manes de Negocio, their first in three years. Keep an eye out for it on May 10 via Delicious Vinyl Island.
Watch our premiere of “Devórame” below: