Branko (DJ)

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Joao Barbosa.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJoão Barbosa
Also known asBranko
  • record producer
  • DJ
  • musician
  • Sampler
  • Percussion

João Barbosa, commonly known as Branko, is a Portuguese DJ and producer who first became known as part of the Buraka som Sistema.[1]


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)".[2]

Branko’s popular track ‘Let Me Go’ featuring Mr. Carmack & Nonku Phiri, gained traction on sites such as i-D, Hypebeast and The Fader.[3][4]

He has worked with artists like Santigold and Anik Khan, as well as M.I.A., with whom he worked on her 2016 album AIM.[5]

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.[6]

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.[citation needed]

Branko's second solo album 'Nosso' was announced on 22 Jan 2019 by Rolling Stone Magazine.[7] It features collaborations with Sango, Cosima, Mallu Magalhães, Dino d'Santiago, Catalina García of Monsieur Periné, Pierre Kwenders, Miles From Kinshasa, Umi Copper, PEDRO and Dengue Dengue Dengue.

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  1. ^ Cliff, Aimee (17 September 2015). "FADER Mix: Branko". The FADER. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Rodes Rollins Arrives With Stunning Debut Single 'Young & Thriving': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ "This Pantsula-Infused Video From Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack Is Beautiful & Moving". 21 January 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "The FADER - Branko". The FADER. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (5 June 2017). "M.I.A. Announces New Song "GOALS"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ Davey, Jacob (Jul 5, 2017). "Branko 'Enchufada Na Zona': Listen to His New Compilation Here". Highsnobiety. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 Jan 2019.

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Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest
Final Interval act

with Sara Tavares & Mayra Andrade
Succeeded by