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Ze Bula EP

by Figura

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”Ze Buuuuula!” The simple hook was catchy in Luanda when we heard it last year, and we hope to contribute to making it equally addictive worldwide, thanks in large part to the six fantastic remixers who contributed their time and ideas to Figura’s Angolan kuduro acapella. So here it is, Akwaaba’s first remix release, which will take you through sonic soundscapes ranging from kuduro (duh!) to minimal dubstep, baile funk to ambient downtempo.


released March 16, 2010


PERFECT LOOSERS: “Kuduro in Paris? Why not…” As they finish their upcoming album for DJs Are Not Rockstars, Parisian duo Oualid and Gautier are hard at work on a number of other remix projects including further goodies for Akwaaba slated for this summer.

CHIEF BOIMA: Descending from an ancient clan of the Sherbro-German tribe of Milwaukee, Boima is constantly traveling the world trying to recreate the African house party for new and willing audiences. Look out for his next EP on Dutty Artz, as well as his Banana Clipz collaboration with oro11 on Bersa Discos.

BONDE DO ZOMBINHOS: “BDZ is the first and only Mexican proyect (!) focused on doing funk carioca, Miami bass and ghetto tech […] Baile funk and kuduro are unknown genres in our country, but we are trying to promote them in our shows and the people like it.” Look out for more baile funk from BDZ, and Waya Waya for more kuduro inspired sounds…

CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO: “Kuduro started getting played at aprties [in Buenos Aires]. It’s a very powerful and contagious style that gets everybody dancing!” Chancha’s album “Rodante” is out on ZZK, a cinematic exploration of Chancha’s Latin American heritage within a refined electronic framework.

VOLTERGEIST: “I’d never really heard of baile funk before. And kuduro? Well, I thought it was a type of sushi…” Based in the remote Ayrshire countryside of Scotland, “there may not be many opportunities for a good night on the town, but there’s plenty of folklore, myth and magic [around]”. Voltergeist’s music is inspired by his love of deep house, abstract electronica, minimal techno, and heavy blissed-out dub music. Check out his releases on his own Microrave Records imprint.

SABBO: “Kuduro is not played at parties in Israel at all. When I DJ I mix it with other stuff and people like it […] Remixing Ze Bula was a great experience, especially as kuduro a capellas are hard to find.” Check out Sabbo’s recent remixes for Vieux Farka Touré and Idan K and the Movement of Rhythm.



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