Clanking rhythms, bleeps and whistles

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Album Review: Buraka Som Sistema - 'Komba'

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Album Review: Buraka Som Sistema – ‘Komba’

‘[b]Komba[/b]’ is an Angolan ritual, and not one you’d particularly hanker to be the subject of. You’re dead, basically, and all your friends are celebrating your life with a boogie to your favourite song. Which is nice, but you’re, y’know, still… dead. This is the subject of the second album from Portugal’s [b]Buraka[/b], who blend a traditional African sound, kuduro, with techno and, inevitably, dubstep. Its mix of clanking rhythms, bleeps and whistles is certainly insistent, although it’s the vocal tracks that stick: see ‘[b]Eskeleto[/b]’, like a voodoo ceremony held at Plastic People, featuring [b]Afrikan Boy[/b] rapping about dissecting chickens and eating pig tails. Goths, eh?

[i]Louis Pattison[/i]

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Director:Buraka Som Sistema
Record label:Enchufada
Release date:31 Oct, 2011