I just knew that in Brazil Kuduro is played in the bars of the Angolan community and maybe on some global urban beats parties until I found out after a comment from Greg from Beat Diaspora on my Kuduro Mixtape that it was well bigger and that there was a Kuduro dance competition happening on Brazilian TV. But the whole thing is much less Funk Carioca oriented than one could think:
It has been a really big thing in the carnival of Salvador da Bahia!
DJ Panafricano brought Kuduro to Bahia already in 2000 and soon founded the “Academia de Kuduro Bahiano Angola” to promote the music and dance. But it was only in 2009 when Kuduro came out big and the band Fantasmão had one of the hits of the carnival 2009. In their track “Kuduro” they sing about the new fashion from Angola. And the major stars like Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Margareth Menezes and Carlinhos Brown played Kuduro-style tracks and had special participations by Angolan artists like Yuri da Cunha (on the foto with the bloco Polimania) and Dog Murras. The latter teamed up with another Brazilian pioneer of Kuduro, the Samba-Pop-Axé-Band Psirico.
I am curious how it will be this year!