Cross Blends: Kuduro in the Caribbean

March 29, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Ghetto Bassquakeโ€”

From Vamanos’ Ghetto Bassquake blog comes an interesting report on the growing popularity of Angolan kuduro music in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. The writer, Rainstick, describes a surprise run-in with “Danca Do Sal” fom Angola’s Helder, a landmark record for kuduroโ€”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 coloniesโ€”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, a/k/a Fox Productions, a young St. Lucian living in Brooklyn. Sample his Hard Waste x 3 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?