Back with another quarantine-inspired music video, Galactic has teamed up with an all-star cast of collaborators for a take on “Wash Your Hands”, the 1930s calypso classic from Roaring Lion.
The Steve Kelly-produced video sees Galactic joined by Chali 2na, Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, Ivan Neville, Eric Gordon, and Mike Dillion, as well as David Shaw, Zack Feinberg, Andrew Campanelli, Rob Ingraham, and Michael Giradot from The Revivalists. Furthermore, some of New Orleans’ finest talent, Trombone Shorty, Anders Osborne, Boyfriend, Erica Falls, Baruch Rabasa, Sue Zemanick, Princess Shaw, Frenchy, Gogo Borgerding, Papa Mali, Julian Goslin, Derrick Freeman, and James Singleton appear throughout the song, filmed from each person’s self-quarantine location.
Jelly counts the band into the song, immediately transporting the listener to an island paradise. She sings the first verse before the large cast of guests harmonizes on the song’s refrain, “Wash your hands and clean your fingernails.” Towards the end of the two-and-a-half-minute track, Chali 2na drops into a verse replete with some coronavirus pandemic best practices. “Wanna make this virus cease?/ You’ve got to do your part/ And move apart, it will soon depart if you do your job,” he rhymes. “Gotta wash with soap and hot water to stop the spread/ And put a mask on top ya head at least that’s what the doctor said,” 2na continued before the rest of the collaborators joined back in for a final chorus.
Get yourself clean and watch the epic music video below.
Galactic & Friends – “Wash Your Hands”
Galactic created the video to benefit the band’s Tip-It Foundation, which supports and promotes the future of the Gulf South’s music, culture, and heritage via the Tipitina’s venue and brand. The foundation elevates musical and cultural legacies through community outreach and education. Click here to visit the foundation’s website and donate.
Galactic has recently postponed several spring and summer tour dates due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has forced virtually all musicians to do the same. Due to the unprecedented nature of this crisis, it is unclear when guidelines will allow for large gatherings. Head to Galactic’s website for the latest tour information and check out Live For Live Music‘s concert cancellation tracker for daily updates on shows around the world.