Kuduro is a music style from Angola that is known for its pushing electronic beats and heavy rap. Because of the influences from African rhythms it is sometimes described as Afro-Techno. It was created in the 90’s by Tony Amado. The word Kuduro has two meanings: On the one hand, it refers to the Portuguese words for “hard ass” and on the other hand, it corresponds to “location” in the traditional Kimbundu language.
It is known as well for it’s crazy dance style with fast shaking knees and elements of break-dance. Due to the music’s production in small home studios and its similarities in the style and context, the sound is often compared to funk carioca. In Angolas capital Luanda, the promotion is mainly being carried out by local mini van drivers during their on-duty service. They play new tracks and only if these tracks turn into hits there, the songs have a chance to be eventually put on CD.
Angolan migrants brought the sound to the suburbs of Lisbon where an own variation of the sound emerged. The most prominent artist representing this type of music today is probably Buraka Som Sistema. It was then French DJ and producer Frédéric Galliano who introduced Portuguese and Angolan Kuduro artists to a wider audience. He went on to create the Kuduro Sound System.
Recently some voices said that the fashion of Kuduro is declining, but other facts suggest a more positive development: Mad Decent recently released an EP in the Hollertronix series dedicated to Kuduro.
So, I’ve got some fresh kuduro tracks, thanks Thomas!
01. Bruno M – Tá Vené
02. Os Vagabanda – Dois Tok
03. Rodrigão feat. Panda – Olha Hora
04. Puto Prata – Fala Yoyo
05. Puto Langa – Soldado Na Casa
06. Bruno M – To Rosa
07. Os Defayas – Ta La 3
08. Famila O P – Ngaxi
09. Os Lambas – Tá Faltar + 1
10. DJ Buchinho – Nail
11. DJ Tony – M.P. La
12. DJ De Gala – Azar
13. B.K. feat. Ti Lamba – É No Gueto
14. Yanilson – Faço 2 Tiro 2
By the way, the image above shows the proposal for the future flag of Angola that hasn’t been ratified yet.
Get kuduro MP3s here for example.