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Hip Deep Angola 2: Kuduro and Beyond


Fri. 9/28 10p: Join producer Ned Sublette on the streets of Angola’s big, smoggy, oil-booming capital city of Luanda. 

Peace came to Angola in 2002 after forty-two years of war, and now everything is different, with construction under way everywhere. The postwar generation of the last ten years communicates via text-messaging and electronic music. The biggest of which is the techno-meets-rap-meets-African-dance style known as kuduro (literally, “hard-ass”). But there’s also the zouk-like couple dance of kizomba, a phenomenon that began in the 80s and still packs in dancers to Luanda clubs, and, on a more underground level, the computer-driven style called Afro-House.

We’ll talk to kuduro stars Titica, Cabo Snoop, and the charismatic, comic duo of President Gasoline and Prince Black Gold, and ride to the bairro of Marçal to visit the studio of Afro-House beatmaker DJ Satelite.