“VERY INTERESTING TO KNOW”
(Kuduro versus Afro house)
Someone from Brazil has asked me the following question.
I do believe that her question might also concern you.
1) How can we define “Kuduro” and “Afro house” and what are the major differences between both, the dance and the music?
2) Are both the music and the dance from Angola, yes or no?
First of all thank you again for asking me this interesting question. The question is NOT at all easy and I can hardly answer with yes or no because it needs further development and profound analyses to better understand and appreciate the answer. Furthermore it will help you build some insight as to why.
“HERE IS THE ANSWER”
Kuduro means, “Hard Ass” (or stiff bottom). It emerged in Angola in the late 1980’s. Tony Amado came to this wonderful idea after seeing the movie Kickboxer from Jean Claude van Damme in 1989. In the begining when it appeared, the music was known as “batida” (beats). In the years 90’s we used to dance Kuduro as Jean Claude van damme did in his movie kickboxer from 1989.
KUDURO – MUSIC GENRE:
it’s a creation made in the musseques. It’s a up tempo ghetto sound with hard batidas. It’s a mix of electronic forms of music with Angolan traditional beats. The singers use to tell a complete story and “speak” all the time as they perform (sing). Most of the song is rapped on a “fast way”. It’s similar to singing rap music. However kuduro is not singing rap music.
KUDURO – DANCE GENRE:
it’s NOT a partner dance. But rather a single or groups dance.
Originally, in early 90’s, the dance steps were very limited to the mouvements done by Jean claude Van Damme in his mouve: Kickboxer from 1989. As the time went by, Angolans created appropriate steps associated with our day by day cultural values to enrich the dance. While dancing Kuduro, the focus is on the “legs” with “funny”, “very crazy” hand and body mouvements. The funnier the better! If you are not yet familiar with Kuduro and you see Angolans dancing kuduro in Angola, you might think that they are “crazy” and completely “nuts” because of the dance mouvements that are not familiar to the western world. It’s simply a different culture!
It’s very frequent to see roda (a circle) with someone dancing alone in the middle. The some new steps are a form of the old bungula dance (not know by lot of people – only the kotas of my generation know what bungula is). Steps from other Angolan traditional dances have also enriched the dance. Kuduro has given new life and opportunities to lots of young Angolan people without future perspectives.
These are tree main Angolan Kuduro Artists of 1ste generation
1) Tony amado; 2) Sebém; 3) Dog Murras
These are tree main Angolan Kuduro Artists of the 2nd generation
1) dj Znobia; 2) Dj Killamu; 3) Puto Prata
Please note that in Angola kotas like me and others, rarelly dance Kuduro although we enjoy it when it’s done by the children and young people.
Everytime you want to laugh and feel good, please watch the kuduro video below;-).