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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Buraka Som Sistema Coming to SF

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Straight Outta Lisbon: Buraka Som Sistema
  • Straight Outta Lisbon: Buraka Som Sistema

This is an official Hipster Alert: Lisbon outfit Buraka Som Sistema, one of the hottest acts to emerge from the burgeoning worldtronica movement, are coming to the Rickshaw Stop April 21. How hot are Buraka? The group recently dropped a new album, Black Diamond, got name-checked in the New York Times, and plays the Coachella Festival on April 17. Oh, and they're also reportedly favorites of M.I.A. (who appears on their album) and Diplo. Plus, their live show is said to be completely off the chain, "involving physics-defying dance troupes and rotating rapid-fire MCs," as their PR breathlessly states. On Tuesday, they'll pay their respects to San Francisco (and vice-versa), with their engaging blend of Portuguese and Angolan cultural influences, reggae dancehall flavor, and house-ish, uptempo "ghetto-tech" beats. Miss this one, and you'll have to hear about it for months from your cooler-than-thou former friends.

Want an advance taste of Buraka? Check out the video for "Sound of Kuduro" (featuring M.I.A.) , a live clip of Buraka performing "Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)," and an MP3 of Hot Chip's dope-ass remix of "Kalemba."

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