Branko (DJ)

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Branko
Joao Barbosa.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJoão Barbosa
Also known asBranko
BornLisbon
OriginPortugal
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • record producer
  • DJ
  • musician
Instruments
  • Sampler
  • Percussion
LabelsEnchufada
Associated actsBuraka som Sistema
WebsiteEnchufada

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]

Career[edit]

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.

Awards[edit]

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/17/fader-mix-branko
  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". daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ "This Pantsula-Infused Video From Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack Is Beautiful & Moving". okayafrica.com. 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". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/07/05/branko-enchufada-na-zona/
  9. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". www.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.redbull.com/pt-pt/sangue-suor-e-lagrimas-na-arena-rbma-culture-clash-lisboa

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