Branko (DJ)

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Background information
Birth nameJoão Barbosa
Also known asBranko
  • record producer
  • DJ
  • musician
  • Sampler
  • Percussion
Associated actsBuraka som Sistema

João Barbosa, commonly known as Branko, is a Portuguese DJ and producer who first became known on the international scene as the creative driving force behind Buraka som Sistema.[1][2]


His debut album as Branko, ‘Atlas’, was released in 2015 — inspired by his travels around Cape Town, New York, Amsterdam and São Paulo — and featured collaborations with Princess Nokia and DJ Sliink and with Rodes Rollins on the track 'Out Of Sight (So Right).[3] The album was documented in a Web Series entitled ‘Atlas Unfolded’.[4]

Aside from his global travels, Branko’s immensely popular track ‘Let Me Go’ featuring Mr. Carmack & Nonku Phiri, gained traction on sites such as i-D, Hypebeast and The Fader.[5][6]

He has also been tapped to produce music for artists like Santigold and Anik Khan, as well as M.I.A, with whom he worked on her 2016 album AIM.[7]

Branko also oversees a monthly radio show on NTS, ‘Enchufada Na Zona’, which is broadcast live from the label's headquarters in Lisbon, and formed the inspiration for a compilation of the same name.[8]

He performed as one of the interval acts, along with Sara Tavares, Mayra de Andrade e Dino D'Santiago, during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which was held in Lisbon.


Branko won the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash in Lisbon, with his Club Atlas team against Portugal's top DJ crews. The forty-five minute set opened with a rework of the song So Get Up using the original 1993 a cappella, written and recorded by Californian, Ithaka Darin Pappas.[9][10]

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  2. ^ "Buraka Som Sistema". 6 April 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via Wikipedia.
  3. ^ "Rodes Rollins Arrives With Stunning Debut Single 'Young & Thriving': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ "This Pantsula-Infused Video From Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack Is Beautiful & Moving". 21 January 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ "The FADER - Branko". The FADER. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  7. ^ "M.I.A. Announces New Song "GOALS" - Pitchfork". Retrieved 8 June 2017.
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  9. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". Retrieved 8 June 2017.
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