Entries Tagged as 'kuduro'
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Fresh off the heels of Funkeiros e Progresso EP and the massive Pancadão do Morro: O Funk do Flamin Hotz, Já É?, which brought fair trade funk carioca to the table, Flamin Hotz brings a dose of funk’s brother from another mother, a heady combination of bass-heavy dance beats produced on the periphery. Kuduro is yet another ricochet of sounds to echo across the black Atlantic and percolate to ears worldwide. Throughout Angola, and especially its capital, Luanda, the dominant sound is this electronic combination of traditional Angolan percussion with the straight kick of house and techno. For more than a decade, local producers have been mimicking beats using whatever technology has been at hand – most recently the program Fruity Loops – to produce the soundtrack to a sweaty Angolan night, with rapid-fire toasting in Angolan Portuguese. The flow may sound Jamaican, but it is uniquely Angolan – another musical link across the African diaspora.
Once produced, burned CDs circulate at lightning speed and Kuduro blares from condongueiros, the blue-and-white shared vans that dart insanely through Luanda’s chaotic traffic. DJs pick up the most popular tracks to play at outdoor parties, raves really, across the country. That’s where the dual meaning of Kuduro’s name comes into play. Kuduro is also a dance, where slick moves and winding & grinding are the order of the day. The word is a bastardization of the Portuguese phrase “hard ass” (cu duro transformed into Kuduro), whose origin story traces back to producer Tony Amado’s inspiration by Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ridiculous white boy “hard ass” dance moves in kickboxing flicks. How’s that for globalization.
After hearing snippets of Kuduro that has filtered out of Angola, especially through the global ghettotech blog circuit, Flamin Hotz Records got in touch with Frédéric Galliano, one of the biggest foreign exporters of this sound, especially through his CD Kuduro Sound System (Frikyiwa 2006) and his video documentary on the history of Kuduro (http://www.myspace.com/fredericgalliano). “Força Kuduro!”, the 12″ EP he curated for Flamin Hotz, features a wide range of Kuduro tracks produced by Galliano, Dj Tecas, and Dj Patrick. “Força Kuduro!” also features some of the hottest vocal talent out of Angola with Pai Diesel, Zoca Zoca, and Puto Lilas. And in a nod to Kuduro’s increasing global currency, we brought in Rub a Dub Market from Japan on a Galliano beat that will jumpstart any party. Most importantly, while the free CD-R hustle in Luanda is essential to Kuduro’s musical economy, Flamin Hotz ensured that each track was properly licensed from the artists, who were justly compensated for their music.
Get it now in limited edition vinyl-only release. Follow up CD of Kuduro beats scheduled for 2009.
Please buy the Vinyl over here and if you like Frédéric Galliano shit get at him on itunes…
November 19th, 2008 · No Comments
The good dude Wolfram from SoundGoods just put up this mix and a nice write up of places to get Kuduro around the world. Well informed and on that real shit. Read it here…
October 8th, 2008 · No Comments
Buraka Som Sistema’s Kalemba is their second single from Black Diamond out here in the States in early 2009. Get Buraka Som Sistema now on Hollertronix 9 out on vinyl at the lab and your favorite retailers.
If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get the bonus track from BSS & Diplo – Inna De Ghetto Remix from the Mad Decent Blog
March 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment
New video from Buraka Som Sistema, Sound of Kuduro feat MIA
Full length album Black Diamond out later this year.
Buraka Som Sistema