Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Sound of Kuduro by Buraka Som Sistema from the 2009 album Black Diamond on Fabric.
Being a former Portuguese territory, Angola’s native music style known as Kuduro inevitably made its way to Lisbon. Once believed a fad, the genre has been reborn and is entering the world stage courtesy of Buraka Som Sistema. Consisting of members Lil Jon, Riot, Conductor, and Kalaf, this group was made for such a stage, gaining early notoriety by collaborating with M.I.A. (featured on this song, along with Dj Znobia, Saborosa, and Puto Prata) and getting the remix treatment from one of the biggest names in the business, Hot Chip. Currently on their first full US tour, the group stunned Coachella audiences with their intense, tribal brand of club music. With seven members in tow, this is the time and configuration in which to see their explosive set. There are still a few dates left before they leave these shores. Check their MySpace page for exact dates and locations. Before you rush off to buy tickets, check out this video for Black Diamond‘s second single,
Kalemba (Wegue Wegue):