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LargeUp Audio: Kuduro in the Caribbean


Our LargeUp familia dish on the Caribbean-ization of Angolan kuduro:

FromGhetto Bassquake comes an interesting report on the growing popularity of Angolan kuduro music in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. The writer describes a surprise run-in with “Danca Do Sal” fom Angola’s Helder, a landmark record for kuduro—a hybrid of African and Caribbean rhythms (specifically soca), techno and house music which developed in Angola in the ’90s and has since become a major part of the soundscape in Africa’s former Portuguese colonies — on Haitian pirate radio in Brooklyn, only to learn that the sound has taken root not just in Haiti but in St. Lucia, too.

Contributing to the Caribbean-ization of kuduro is producer Lashley Winter, aka Fox Productions, a young St. Lucian living in Brooklyn. Sample his "Hard Waste x3" kuduro riddim, and the "Nasty Snake" riddim from another St. Lucian producer, Slaughter Arts, self-billed as “the new age of kuduro made in St. Lucia,” below. In which island will kuduro take up residence next?

Stream both Lashely Winter and Slaughter Arts tracks, plus DJ Skelly's "Baguy Sal Riddim" below.

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This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.

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DJ Spinall's New Album Is A Star-Packed Afrobeats Party

DJ Spinall assembles afrobeats' biggest names for his new album, 'Dreams.'

For his third album, Dreams, DJ Spinall assembles some of afrobeats' biggest names.

The first track features Niniola, who's made house music her mainstay, keeping her fashionably out of step with whatever is on-trend. "Thinking About Your Love" might be reminiscent of Kenny Thomas' 1991 song of the same title, but save for this phrase and accompanying melody, the song is very much Niniola's particular way of grafting Yoruba and Nigerian English onto South African house.

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Photo courtesy of Art X Lagos.

Art X Lagos: West Africa's International Art Fair Returns Bigger and Bolder

We catch up with Art X Lagos founder Tokini Peterside on what to look forward to as West Africa's international art fair returns November 3.

One of West Africa's largest art fairs, Art X Lagos, is back for its second installment with bigger and bolder offerings. The three day event running from November 3 to 5 will showcase contemporary African art from 15 countries and feature 14 galleries representing African artists on the continent and the diaspora.

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