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Bomba in Loiza, Puerto Rico
LUCENZO is from Bordeaux, France but his music draws heavily upon his Portuguese heritage.
“Vem dancar kuduro,” which is a reggaeton, dance hit, asks us to dance along to an Angolan musical tradition: kuduro. Kuduro, an updeat, energentic style, was born in the 80s when Angolan producers began to mix African percussion samples with Afro-Caribbean styles, like calypso, or soca. Remember, the early forms of these styles were influenced by French culture in Trinidad and Tobago (Creole culture).
This is Lucenzo’s most popular single yet. It has been a chart-topper in France and Switzerland. The song features French-American artist Big Ali and both English and Portuguese can be heard lyrically.
The music video was shot in Havana, Cuba!
Don Omar does a dope remix too— vindicating Lucenzo’s reggaeton identity:
Yeah, it’s got quite a pop sheen to it, but Sol Power touches everything from roots music to the cutting edge of modern club styles. The latter is actually harder to get a handle on (which is why Akwaaba is so dope), so these tunes are really helpful when I need to be current. Lots of cross-pollination going on here between several languages and traditions, it’ll get the party jumping and I’ve been meaning to explore Angola’s kuduro style more anyway. *thumbs up*
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I was going through my Salsa crates for Saturday’s Sol Power debut at Eighteenth Street Lounge and stumbled across these Salsa gems. I love to drop Salsa late-night and watch the dancefloor partner up and show off their moves. Or, for some, their lack of moves. But that’s OK too. No need to be a Salsero to rock with us.