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The Vibrancy Of 'I Love Kuduro' Documentary

Nowness shares an excerpt from 'I Love Kuduro,' a documentary that spotlights the titular Angolan cultural movement.


The last thing we saw from I Love Kuduro — the documentary that tracks the established legends and rising stars of the Angolan dance movement including TiticaTony Amado, Sebrem, Nagrehla, Cabo Snoop and Bruno de Castro — was a wonderfully vibrant trailer. Now, more footage from the Mário Patrocínio-directed film arrives and not only shows the astounding body kinetics of kuduro (which literally means "hard ass") but also sheds light on its importance as a cultural phenomenon. Bruno de Castro mentions, "Musically speaking, the people from Angola are very rhythmic and the beat gives us joy. The beat touches us. It touches our deepest feelings. Kuduro and the Angolan people are a perfect match." Check out the clip below via NOWNESS and keep watch on I Love Kuduro on its website.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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