Luso Music

Post published at Global Voices and written by: José Murilo

Whether the word Kuduro comes from the Kimbundu language, native to northern Angola and means “location” or from the Portuguese expression meaning “hard ass” or “stiff bottom” is debated but there’s no argument that the dance is sexy. As one watches the dancers of this Angolan music style jutting their bottoms and swinging sensuously to the rhythm of the hard-hitting Kuduro beat, one can see how the Portuguese translation makes sense. Born in the suburbs of Malange in the 90’s, Kuduro has recently become the darling of some European DJs, and the blog ‘Raízes e Antenas‘ [Roots and Antennas] brings an historical perspective. (…)”

Read the complete article at Global Voices Online: English versionPortuguese version or Spanish version.

PORTUGAL + CAPE VERDE: SARA TAVARES

Sara Tavares was raised in Portugal, but as second generation of Cape Verdian immigrants, she grew up between two cultures. This song “Balance” is a great example of the interconnections of the Lusophone music culture. If I haven’t read it was from Portugal/Cape Verde, I was sure it was Brazilian. She reminded me a lot Paula Lima, Brazilian singer from the group Funk Como Le Gusta.

About Sara: “She initially was known as a singer and composer of Gospel, Funk and Soul, but she gradually incorporated more African music in her compositions. Her second album Mi Ma B, produced by Parisian Lokua Kanza, reached gold in Portugal and was a mix of African rhythms and melodic pop songs. Her album Balance was released in February 2006. On this record, produced by Sara herself, she wrote and composed all the songs and played many of the instruments. Balance is a beautiful record on which Sara shows to be a very talented contemporary singer/song writer, who has managed to combine in a subtle and honest way contemporary music with her African roots.”

Source: MySpacePage: http://www.myspace.com/saratavares

Official Website: http://www.saratavares.com/

CD and/or tracks available on eMusic

MOZAMBIQUE: STEWART SUKUMA

"Born in Mozambique, Stewart Sukuma has won the much sought after "Ngoma Mozambique" prize for he first recordings, and has quickly become on of the most popular musicians in his country.

Sukuma combines African and Brazilian Rhythms and sings in English, Portuguese and several African languages. His music is deeply rooted in the traditional culture of Mozambique, where he developed an invigorating and expressive style of his own reaching highlight in the African pop-music scene.” (*)

(*) Text from his official website.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/stewartsukuma
Website: http://www.sukuma.com/
Buy CDs at CDBaby

MOZAMBIQUE + PORTUGAL: CACIQUE 97

In the video “Sr. Diplomata” (Mr. Diplomat) we have MC’s: Ikonoklasta, Sagas, Sir Scratch and Bob Da Rage Sense. At the MySpace page it says that they have recently launched their album and it is the “first Afro Beat album in Portugal”. The name of the album is “Eu Quero Tudo”,  which means “I want it All” and it is available at iTunes.

About the group (from the official release):

"Lisbon has always been a stage for the meeting of several cultures, mostly due to the past of the city as the capital of a colonial empire in Africa and Latin America. 

Nowadays it is a huge pot of creativity which attracts artists from all over the World and it is a privileged space where musicians find each other, share ideas and mix rhythms. It is from this mixture that, in 2005, afro beat collective Cacique 97 is born. With musicians with Mozambican and Portuguese origins, this collective incorporates members from groups such as Cool Hipnoise, Philharmonic Weed and The Most Wanted, well known projects in the areas of funk, reggae and the afro sound. 

The passion for the music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen has united these musicians for the pursuance of a common goal: to create a collective that mirrored the Lisbon mixture, by crossing the characteristic urban Nigerian rhythm which is afro beat, with the musical tradition of the African Portuguese speaking countries and of Brazil, whom has always been very present in the Portuguese capital.”

Source: MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/cacique97 

Mick Trovoada + Tutin D’Giralda = TutinMick’s

Cape Verde + Angola + São Tomé and Príncipe + Portugal = TutinMick’s

Picture fo TutinMick's from Tutin D'Giralda MysPace PageAs TutinMick’s, Bass player and singer Tutin D’Giralda and percussionist Mick Trovoada present a unique approach to traditional Cape Verdean songs, influenced by reggae, funk, blues and jazz, and branded with their own musical personality. 

More about the artits:

Tutin D’Giralda is a self taught bass player from Cape Verde. He was influenced by his ‘bass gurus’, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark and Nathan East; he created his own personal way of playing the bass. As a bass player, he was part of a portuguese pioneer band in afro-rap, ‘General D e os Karapinhas’, which were very popular, and had a number one hit on the portuguese playlist.

MySpace page: 
http://www.myspace.com/tutindgiralda

In this YouTube video you can hear one of his songs:

Mick Trovoada was born in Luanda, Angola, but his heritage is also from São Tomé and Príncipe. He lived in both countries in his childhood, so these countries music play an important role in his music influences. Em 1983 Mick went to Portugal where he started his musician career. He participated at the Theater and Dance Group called Kalandula, and participated in several other projects such as Marincongas and Ngoma Makamba. The project Marincongas was composed by him, the Angolan singer Té Macedo, and playing the marimbas, the muscian, writer and ethnomusicologist Jorge Macedo. The project Ngoma Makamba consisted at a African professional percussion ensemble.

MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/micktrovoada

Source:

Infos about the individual artists: their Myspace page.
Info about TutinMick’s from the City of London Festival, where they play today. 

Stefhany is known as “Beyonce from Piauí”. Her first video “Eu sou Stefhany” [I am Stefhany], uploaded to Youtube by a friend and fan, has had almost 2 million views so far. She is a great example of Web 2.0’s power to create new pop stars.

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Michael Jackson was honored this week in Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta Slum. The terrace where he recorded part of the video “They don’t really care about us” in 1996, is now officially called “Michael Jackson Terrace” and it is also the scenario for a statue of the artist (see photo).

* Watch the video “They Don’t Really Care About Us”recorded in Brazil at YouTube.

Originally posted at Global Voices Online, under CC license.

ANGOLA: CABO SNOOP

According to the I love Kuduro Page at Facebook, this is a very popular Kuduro music and video in Angola right now. Cabo Snoop is the nickname of Ivo Manuel Lemos, a 20 years old young artist from Luanda, Angola. “Windeck” is supposedly an invented word that  means “sex”, but in the lyrics it’s more about men and women that take advantage from each other resulting into sex. A friend of mine from Angola told me that it is very common for them to invent words (and she also helped me to interpret the lyrics). That’s Cabo Snoop first video and song. He plans to record an album, but doesn’t know when it’s gonna be out yet. He is a great dancer too, I hope we will hear more from his work soon!

Source: Blog Só-9-dades [in Portuguese]

MACAU: LUSOFONIA FESTIVAL

The video is a little bit old, it’s from 2008, but it’s a good proof - if you need one - of the Portuguese presence in Macau. The video description says:
"Highlights of the popular Lusofonia Festival include performances from portuguese-speaking countries and regions including Goa, Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Prince." 

ANGOLA: BATIDA

The new single of Batida celebrates the simplicity and positivity: “Dance, Joy, Music.” The sound is a Kuduro beat with elements of Semba, which crosses the electronics with the Psychedelic Afro. ”Alegria” was created in 2009 to be included on the album “Dance Mwangolé”. It was called the “Post Kuduro” by Dj Rupture in New York.

The video was produced with archival footage of the Carnival of Luanda and some contemporary images collected in concerts at the Conhecimento Pavilion. This video was produced by Fazuma: Peter Coquenão, Editing; Catherine Lemon and Camara Manuel Lino, Post Production; and the protagonists are: Katherine Lemon (Vj) and Daniel Sanhá (Dancer)

According to Fazuma, there are a lot of “sounds” that inspires the group Batida, as Kwassa K, Kwaito, the dusty Kuduro of Sambila, the Semba, Afro Beat, the House from Mzanzi and all Afro Urban and Traditional music. 

Source: Antena 3 and Fazuma Facebook Page