Kuduro is an Angolan style of music and dance birthed in the late 90s, that spread to lusaphone and francophone Africa, South America, and Europe(Portugal/France/Italy?). Kuduro means "hard ass" or "stiff bottom" in Portuguese. It also has its own dance style.


Angolan Tony Amado invented the style in 1996, in Luanda. Kuduro gets its inspiration from the Kilapanga rhythm(Angolan carnival rhythm) and African American techno-house music. Tony Amado's original albums featuring the style were Angolano, Abre Olho(Open your eye,Angolans) and Bailumdu. Kuduro originates from the lower economic end of Luanda. Frédéric Galliano, a DJ-producer, introduced kuduro to Europe in 2007. 


Kuduro's lyrics are simple and humorous, and it is usually rapped over the Kuduro beat. Kuduro is totally electronic. It makes use of computers, drum machines, and vocals. Sub-styles include Kuduro Latin, Funk Kuduro. It can be flavored with  rap-, soca-, rara-, and kizomba.


Kuduro dancing style comes in two flavors: dancing as a group and dancing solo. Kuduro developed a dance style that is popular among lusaphone and francophone Africans, franco-Caribbean, and South America. It requires group coordination of short 1 2 walks and turns, in perfect coordination. Dancing solo requires great physical coordination, whole body flips, turns, and twists, very similiar to break dancing. It also make use of pantomime, short quick stop movements of body parts. All developed in Angola.

Famous artist include Cabo Snoop, Buraka Som Sistema (BSS), Don Omar.

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Works Cited

Gehr, Richard. Kuduro. Emusic.com<http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/288_200911.html>, retrieved 27-May-2011

Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Jon Lusk(2006). The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East. p. 31 

Kuduro Artist and Group. Afromix.org <http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/styles/kuduro/index.en.html>

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