Madrid-based Afro house duo Sparrow & Barbossa return with their next single ‘Vagabundo’, a fiery flamenco electronic banger in collaboration with the vocal and guitar talents of Chico Castillo (Gypsy Kings), known throughout the Latin Pop world as “The Gypsy.” The track is out now, worldwide, across digital platforms via Sony Latin imprint Orianna.
‘Vagabundo’’ opens with Castillo displaying his mastery of flamenco guitar, introducing the song’s protagonist, a gypsy wanderer in the deep throes of a romantic obsession. The track explores Spain’s rich tradition of flamenco music and dance, with Sparrow & Barbossa fusing the genre’s iconic rhythmic hand clapping with chugging hypnotic beats. The result is an intoxicating dance floor destroyer.
The production duo enlisted acclaimed London-based music video producer Yasha Malekzad to bring the track to life in visual form. Using Madrid as the backdrop, a mysterious mirror masked figure sets off in the night, casting supernatural spells as he dances along the city’s busy thoroughfares and quiet passages. Through his journey, he becomes aware of the pain and suffering surrounding him, absorbing it as his own. Using the power of flamenco, he transforms this pain into pure love, releasing it back into the world.
Malekzad’s creative goal was to honor the vibe of the artists while also complementing the track’s timbre. Looking to incorporate an element of speed into the video to match the song’s intensity inspired Sparrow & Barbossa’s nighttime car scene.
The video director explained, “Sparrow & Barbossa and Chico were exceptionally kind and gracious, and our shoot day was an absolute blast. There was plenty of laughter, and the set had a great energy, making it one of the most laid-back filming experiences I’ve ever had.”
“Vagabundo” is the third release from Sparrow & Barbossa’s upcoming sophomore album, Réciprocité. The duo continues their busy tour schedule in May and June with DJ and live performances in Miami, NYC, Switzerland, Cyprus, and Spain.