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Angolan Kuduro Meets Punk & Metal In Gato Preto’s Afrofuturistic Video For ‘Barulho’

Ghanaian, Portuguese and Mozambican band Gato Preto share the afrofuturistic music video for their Angolan kuduro and punk song 'Barulho'.


If you’ve ever wondered what Angola’s kuduro would sound like paired with distorted guitars Gato Preto have you covered. The duo, comprised of Gata Misteriosa and Lee Bass have roots in Ghana, Portugal and Mozambique. Their multicultural musical influences can be heard in their latest song “Barulho” (Portuguese for “noise”), which features Brazilian musician Edu K. The track is an eclectic mix of electronic strings and Portuguese rhymes layered atop explosive kuduro and punk metal beats.

The song’s afrofuturistic music video also shares these unique, experimental elements. The Alex Wurm-directed video sees the band travelling through time into a post-apocalyptic universe where the evil ruler General Distortion has ceased power. He wants to “take over the groove of the whole universe,” the band explains, by finding and destroying the last remaining drummer Gudugudu. He’s taken Gato Preto as his prisoners, and if the two want their freedom back, they must capture Gudugudu and hand him over to the evil ruler. The two have to decide whether gaining their freedom is worth sacrificing the world’s rhythms. Gato Preto embark on their adventure-filled journey and, thankfully, in the end the groove prevails.  

Check out the music video for “Barulho” below. Gato Preto will be performing at this week’s African Futures festival in Johannesburg alongside Just A Band and Keziah Jones. Tickets for the event are available here.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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