Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity (BANTU), a Lagos-based 13-piece band, has debuted ‘Animal Carnival’, a satirical single on the politics in Nigeria.


The Afrobeat track, which was released on Thursday, comes months after the group had dropped ‘Disrupt the Programme’, a call-to-action song, that addressed matters pertaining to leadership.

‘Animal Carnival’, while highlighting social ills in the country, is accompanied by beats wrapped in crisp, punchy horn sessions alongside a tightly-locked groove that readily evokes dance moves.

Spanning Afrobeat, Afrofunk, and other genres typical of people with Yoruba music roots, the socially conscious project is credited to Soledad Productions, Broken Silence, and Believe Music, according to Eyesofalagosboy.


“It tries to make sense of the insane realities of Nigeria where corruption and kleptocracy have now reached staggering new heights,” said Ade Bantu, a Nigerian German musician who is the band’s frontman.

“…with missing funds being attributed to devious supernatural acts of thieving & money swallowing snakes, gorillas, monkeys, and rats.”


“Animal Carnival’s satirical edge, which is evidenced in its artwork, goes ahead to critique unfolding events in the media involving creatures allegedly ingesting public funds running into millions.

“This includes narratives in which a roguish gang of monkeys carts away monies allegedly stashed away in a senator’s farmhouse or a gorilla “miraculously swallowing the entire earnings of a zoo.”

DOWNLOAD: ‘Animal Carnival’ by Bantu


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