Buraka Som Sistema
|Buraka Som Sistema|
Buraka Som Sistema performing at Mauer Park in 2013
|Origin||Buraca, Amadora, Portugal|
|Genres||Kuduro, breakbeat, zouk, alternative dance, moombahton|
Aftercluv Dance Lab
|Associated acts||Cooltrain Crew, Ngonguenha, Petty, Puto Prata, Dama Saborosa|
|Members||DJ Riot, Branko, Conductor, Kalaf , Blaya, Fred|
Buraka Som Sistema was an electronic dance music project from Portugal, specializing in a fusion of techno beats with the African zouk and kuduro genre. It is generally credited with creating the "zouk bass" and "progressive kuduro" variant  and has received an MTV European Music Award.  In 2015 Buraka Som Sistema said they would be taking an hiatus starting in 2016, and on July 1st 2016 they performed live for the last time in Lisbon.
Buraka Som Sistema was founded in 2002 by João Barbosa (Branko), Rui Pité (DJ Riot), Andro Carvalho (Conductor) and Kalaf Ângelo.
Barbosa and Pité were producers from the Cool Train Crew collective, for which Kalaf was a frequent vocal collaborator. They were interested in creating a kuduro project, and had previously worked together as 1-UIK Project. They met Carvalho, a hip-hop producer from Angola and member of the hip-hop band Conjunto Ngonguenha, while he was in Portugal.
Buraka Som Sistema is the Portuguese word for word translation for Buraka Sound System, keeping the English word order (the correct translation would be "Sistema de Som da Buraka"). They took their name, Buraka, from the freguesia (urban district) of Buraca in the city of Amadora, in the suburbs of Lisbon.
Their first release was From Buraka to the World, an EP released on the Portuguese label Enchufada, which include the single "Yah!", featuring vocals by Angolan hip-hop MC Petty. It was followed by another Petty vocalized track, "Wawaba", and a re-release of From Buraka to the World, expanded to a full album.
After touring in several European countries, including playing at the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival, the three producers released "Sound of Kuduro" in 2007, which features rapping by M.I.A., DJ Znobia, Saborosa and Puto Prata. The track was a precursor to their second album, Black Diamond, which was released in 2008 by Sony BMG, followed by a new single, "Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)", with vocals by Pongolove. They are currently signed on to Aftercluv Dance Lab, a Latin EDM label launched by Universal Music. On July 1st 2016 Buraka Som sistema curated Globaile, a music event at the Torre de Belém grounds, as part of the Festas de Lisboa, where they performed their last concert.
Usage in Media
|2006||From Buraka to the World
|"Wawaba (v. 1.8)"||-||-||-|
|2008||"Sound of Kuduro" featuring DJ Znobia, M.I.A.||-||-||-|
|2009||"Aqui Para Vocês (feat. Deize Tigrona)"||-||-||91|
|2011||"Hangover (BaBaBa) "||-||-||-||Komba|
|"(We Stay) Up All Night"||-||-||-|
In the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 they were 8th (out of 19) in the New Sounds of Europe International Competition and were one of the nominees for Best Portuguese Act. In the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 they were awarded the Best Portuguese Act and were nominees for Best European Act.
MTV Europe Music Awards
|2007||Buraka Som Sistema||New Sounds of Europe||Nominated|
|Buraka Som Sistema||Best Portuguese Act||Nominated|
|2008||Buraka Som Sistema||Best Portuguese Act||Won|
|2009||Buraka Som Sistema||Best Portuguese Act||Nominated|
The Golden Globes is an annual awards ceremony by Portuguese TV station SIC.
|2009||Buraka Som Sistema||Group Of The Year||Won|
European Border Breakers Awards
The European Border Breakers Award is an annual awards ceremony for artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.
|2009||Black Diamond||European Border Breakers Award||Won|
- "Blitz (Portuguese music magazine) online artist database". Blitz. Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Conway, Eleanor (2008-11-21). "Eleanor Conway presents Buraka Som Sistema podcast". Virgin. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- Lage, Joana (2007-05-02). "Buraka Som Sistema Interview". MyVillage.com. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Cobo, Leila (December 3, 2014). "Universal Launches New Latin EDM Label Aftercluv Dance Lab". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "European Border Breakers Awards 2010", Ec.europa.eu. Retrieved February 21, 2012
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
- BBC article
- Don't Panic: article
- Sup Magazine: interview
- Buraka Som Sistema interview
- Buraka Som Sistema RBMA lecture