French House veterans Jess & Crabbe have been extensively researching and promoting the Kuduro genre for the last couple of years, putting out mix tapes and putting on parties. After two years of thorough research, 2011 saw the release of their Bazzerk – African Digital Dance Music compilation
on Swiss label Mental Groove, a comprehensive and genuine portrait of the singular Kuduro movement, from its original Angolan form to the various Portuguese, French, or South-American declinations it incepted.
The genre first appeared a couple of decades ago in Angola, as European and American electronic music influences reached the African continent. Combined with traditional Angolan culture, it rapidly birthed Kuduro, a dance floor movement based primarily on raw efficient electronic instrumentals but also encompassing melodic vocals and dance. From the mere instrumental & vocal animation formula that was Kuduro in its first decade (late 80's to early 90's), it has evolved into a legitimate movement and specific genre of its own. Vocalists migrating from the Angolan Rap scene to Kuduro enriched and empowered the scene with quality vocals to compliment and complement the instrumental productions. An energetic dance style influenced by the daily life in Angola and traditional dances such as Ladjum or Milindro was appended as another crucial element. If you can't make the audience follow your dancing, you've failed. And there you have it, Kuduro as it is today: a worldwide-spreading phenomenon based on the three key ingredients that are a blasting electronic track, stimulating vocals that can range from rapping to singing, and frenetic infectious dancing.
From Angola throughout the world, Kuduro has already found new homes in other countries such as Portugal, Cape Verde, France, and Brazil amongst others who adopted the raw style and added their own distinctive twist to it.
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