Singer-songwriter and producer Ir Sais whisks us away to his gorgeous Caribbean Island of Bonaire in the music video of his new song “Chikita Mala.” This single and video are now available on all digital streaming platforms.
The famous creator of “Dream Girl,” which has earned more than a billion streams and 8x Platinum certification from the RIAA, delights us with his captivating voice as well as his beguiling mix of Caribbean languages and rhythms.
Ir Sais, who is the sole composer and producer of “Chikita Mala,” points out that this song will bring people together on the dancefloor: “‘Chikita Mala’ is the story of a young man falling in love with the wrong girl. The ‘Chikita Mala’ will not be liked by your family and friends, and will have to fight for her place by your side although she already has your heart. I created ‘Chikita Mala’ as a fusion of my genre Zouk and Kizomba, adding in a current urban rhythm to make you want to dance from the first note, and look for the Chikita Mala in the club.”
The lyrics are an unabashed invitation to move our feet and body: “Ahora mami prende la candela, este ritmo pega como ‘Macarena.’” (Now, mami, light the candle. This rhythm hits like “Macarena.”)
Filmed in Kralendijk, Bonaire, and directed by Ir Sais himself with David Martinus, the music video tells a story that begins with a meaningful gaze between two attractive young adults in the setting of a small fishing boat and a wooden dock. Bonaire’s natural beauty and blue skies also take center stage.
“Chikita Mala” follows Ir Sais’ previous single “Baila Kumi” with the young Colombian vocalist Manuel Turizo that has more than four million YouTube views and the brand new “Validé” track featuring Walshy Fire and Tribal Kush.
On March 14, Ir Sais will perform “Chikita Mala” and his international hit “Dream Girl” live on the VEVO platform as part of its VEVO DSCVR program for emerging artists. Be sure to tune in!
About Ir Sais
Ir Sais is the artistic moniker of Irgwin Placido Sluis, born on the Caribbean island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. His father died when Irgwin was just 1 year old. At 11, he began playing drums on tin cans. Completely self-taught, Ir Sais now masters several instruments as well as the production side. After getting his first taste of success with local Bonaire bands, he moved to the Netherlands in 2008, launching a solo career with original material that fuses pop with the Caribbean zouk rhythm. In 2018, his song “Dream Girl” caught the attention of the French remixer Djly Prod, who helped the song go viral and led to the #DreamGirlChallenge that drew massive attention to both the song and the still relatively unknown platform TikTok. “Dream Girl Remix,” featuring the Puerto Rican sensation Rauw Alejandro, dropped in December 2019, and has surpassed 289 million views on YouTube. In 2020, Jamaican icon Sean Paul and Nigerian Afrobeats star Davido also hopped on the “Dream Girl (Global Remix).” Ir Sais recorded this song and much of his material in Papiamento, the language of Bonaire with roots in Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and African languages.
Watch/Listen “to Chikita Mala”: https://IrSais.lnk.to/ChikitaMala
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