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Angolan Musicians In Portugal Mix Styles


Buraka Som Sistema is an electronic dance music project from Portugal specializing in a fusion of techno beats with the African kuduro genre. (Photo:

A few years ago, young musicians with Angolan roots and living in Portugal hit upon a new fresh sound.

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The band, Buraka Som Sistema, took the Angolan dance style known as kuduro and injected it with techno beats.

Kuduro literally means "hard ass" and the dance itself is upbeat and energetic, making derrieres shake from Luanda to Lisbon.

But now a new version of kuduro has emerged, and this time the samples come from the old-school soulful and sometimes psychedelic sounds of 1970s Angolan pop music.