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Akwaaba Sem Transporte

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Transportation is difficult to come by in Luanda. the sprawling, overpopulated capital of Angola. Candongueiros, the blue and white minivans criss crossing the city, are never numerous enough. Imagine potholes, corrupt cops, beat up engines, Luanda’s infamous traffic, and most importantly: distorted subwoofers pounding out the latest kuduro mixtapes.

Kuduro is the sound of the streets of Angola. Kuduro is the music kids hum and dance to. Kuduro is a way out of the ghetto. Kuduro has taken Angola by storm, since its creation in the mid-90s to its acceptance by the government only a decade later.

Yet Angolan kuduro, is still far removed from the rest of the world, despite an increasing Western interest in kuduro, or at least its Portuguese and French cousins. While major labels are competing in vulgarity and blandness with their kuduro comps, we chose to bring the sound of Angola to your ears. Unpolished, untamed, grimy and raw.

Past posts about Akwaaba Sem Transporte:

  • Sebem interviews Os Mais Potentes November 18, 2009
  • Listen to Akwaaba Sem Transporte November 13, 2009
  • Akwaaba Sem Transporte review in Clark (fr) September 26, 2009 Pretty fancy…. Clark is one of the sharpest culture mags in France at the moment, and it is a pleasure, scratch that, an honor to be featured in their pages! In their own words (somewhat adjusted by our Franco-American team!): „First compilation dedicated to kuduro from Angola, Akwaaba Sem Transporte is a striking demonstration of the creative ...
  • Generation Bass vs Akwaaba September 14, 2009 DJ UMB of Generation Bass takes the wheels and compresses our kuduro comp Akwaaba Sem Transporte into a 30 minute get yo azz up and get to work mix, perfect for this back to school season. So download it, or better yet, subscribe to our podcast (or subscribe directly in iTunes), listen to UMB’s mix ...
  • Fazuma vs Akwaaba August 25, 2009 Lisbon, Portugal’s own DJ Mpula, host of the Radio Fazuma show, connects with the Akwaaba team to revisit the Angolan gems collected on Akwaaba Sem Transporte. Adding a dash of his own potent production, this mix is sure to get your body in motion. And sure to give Angolan kuduro new means of transportation, directly ...
  • 08/04 WW: Akwaaba Sem Transporte August 7, 2009 At last… Akwaaba unleashes a wild collection of bangers from Luanda, Angola. Some of the big names are on there, Puto Prata, Noite e Día, Zoca Zoca, but some new comers (Os Mais Potentes, Figura) and total newbies too (F4, Gelú-Six). The album is available for purchase in the iTunes store, and you can listen ...
  • 08/04 WW: Ze Bula remix contest August 5, 2009 Akwaaba Music, Mad Decent & Fairtilizer are happy to bring you the Ze Bula Remix Contest by Figura and DJ MJ, off of our Angolan kuduro compilation “Akwaaba Sem Transporte”. THE RULES 1. Download the acapella HERE (140 bpm) 2. Remix the song the way you like! 3. Upload your remix on Fairtilizer and name it Ze Bula (your ...
  • Akwaaba Sem Transporte on Myspace August 1, 2009 Everyone has their favorite site to listen to music and check out new artists… Myspace still deserves respect, so we created a page for Akwaaba Sem Transporte, our Angolan kuduro compilation.
  • New kid on the kuduro scene: Gelú-Six Mai 26, 2009 We met Gelú-Six via Telmo, who first introduced us to a few kudurists. Most people have never heard of him, including DJs and other kudurists. But we’re sure happy he came across our radar. He only has a 3 song demo out, and he made sure to pack all he could into those 3 songs. ...
  • Os Mais Potentes & Dred Man-Gi Mai 25, 2009 We met Beto AC (left) and Bebo Clone (right) a couple weeks ago through Telmo, we mentioned their song Vem Ca, which has been blasting through Luanda for the past few months, and Telmo made it happen, getting us a meeting with them the next day. These kids are super chill, very enthusiastic about their ...

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