Hip Deep Angola: Kuduro and Beyond

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.

We’ll hear from  kuduro superstar Cabo Snoop . . .

 

 

. . . who talks about his big, career-defining hit, “Windeck” . . .

 

. . . and we’ll talk to Titica (seen here during a flash visit to Brooklyn in April):

 

 

. . . and seen here in July, rehearsing her troupe for the big show she headlined at Luanda’s Cine Trópico . . .

 

. . . Titica’s video, “Ablua” (directed, like “Windeck,” by the incredible Hochi Fu) is here . . .

 

 

. . . and you’ve surely seen her video with Ary, “Olha O Boneco.” No? It’s here . .

 

 

we’ll talk to Os Namayer, which is the duo of Príncipe Ouro Negro (Prince Black Gold), seen here on the set of the TV show Sempre a Subir . . .

 

. . . and Presidente Gasoline . . .

 

. . . seen here rehearsing at the (sadly, soon-to-be-demolished) colonial-era downtown arts center Elinga Teatro . . .

and dancing to their hit “Engraxador” on Angolan TV . . .

 

 

From his studio in the bairro of Marçal, we’ll hear Afro-house by DJ Satelite:

 

. . . and we’ll hear kizomba, the zouk-derived couple-dance music pioneered in the late ‘80s by Eduardo Paim, whose album Etu Mu Dietu is advertised here via street poster . . .