- Release Date 2011-10-28
- Label Enchufada
- Catalog ENCD015
The infamous Buraka Som Sistema is back with a brand new raging album. Preceded by the single "(We Stay) Up All Night", 'Komba' is an eruptive journey into a brand new musical world. It is an exploration of the borders between life and death combined with Buraka's fierce dance music approach. The new album that is set to push the group back to the forefront of electronic music with their unique raw take on the global ghetto revolution. With the jaw dropping following single "Hangover (Bababa)", 'Komba' has the group, once again, re-shaping the world's musical frontiers.
Key Selling Points:
1. 'Komba' is the brilliant and much anticipated sophomore second album by worldwide renown artist!
2. Buraka Som Sistema is a gold selling artist in Portugal and are the four piece members of Andro Carvalho, João Barbosa, Kalaf, and Rui Pité
3. The band's very frst release 'From Buraka To The World' EP (from 2006), initially a limited edition for Portugal of 700 copies, sold out in one week!
4. The 1st album 'Black Diamond' was released in 2008 via Fabric / Pias and sold over 15K copies outside Portugal
5. 'Black Diamond' earned them an MTV Europe Award for Best Portuguese Act and a nomination for Best European Act.
6. The single 'Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)', taken from 'Black Diamond', earned them their first ever Impala Gold award equivalent to 75,000 downloads in Europe.
7. In late 2009 Buraka Som Sistema had the honour to create #49 in the world famous FabricLive. series!
8. Remix credits and album contributions for other artists include M.I.A. (XL), Count & Sinden (Domino), Major Lazer (Mad Decent/V2), Shy Child (Wall Of Sound), Rye Rye (Interscope)
9. Featured vocalists, musician & production credits for 'Komba' include: Mixhell (Boyz Noise), Stereotyp (G-Stone), Afrikan Boy, Roses Gabor, Terry Lynn, Sara Tavares, Kaysha, Blaya, Bomba Estereo
After being slowly handcrafted over the past 11 months, Buraka Som Sistema return to the world of the living on a Halloween night, presenting their much anticipated sophomore album, 'Komba': an exploration of the borders between life and death combined with Buraka's fierce dance music approach.
As Kalaf explains, after the explosive and dark opening song Eskeleto, Komba is an Angolan religious ritual, celebrated 7 days after someone passes away, where friends and relatives honor the deceased by drinking his favorite drinks, eating his favorite food, dancing and singing his favorite songs while sharing experiences and telling stories about his life. The irony that the best party of your life happens after you're dead, and the idea that we should live every day as if it was our last one, sets the common thread for 'Komba', resulting in a very coherent group of songs under one guiding concept which transports the band to new territories while maintaining the rawness that Buraka Som Sistema are famous for.
Being on the road solidly for three years promoting their highly acclaimed debut album 'Black Diamond' has transformed Buraka from what was initially a producer's idea into a fully fledged band. 'Komba' sounds like a band. An album ready to make thousands of people dance in festivals and clubs around the world. Songs like Tira o Pe or (We Stay) Up All Night have the perfect balance of electronic music and the live performance that Buraka have showcased to their fans in hundreds of shows around the world. The fact that Blaya (one of Buraka's most explosive live contributors) steps up to do vocals on two songs is the best example of this natural evolution. This shift takes 'Komba' one step further on the group's quest to find their own sound, pushing them further away from diminishing labels like ?Progressive Kuduro?. It defines them as being true explorers of the urban lusophone melting pot.
'Komba' is an album that fits together perfectly. All songwriting happened over 11 months with the starting point being a one month retreat in the remote woodlands of Monchique in the south of Portugal, from where the band brought dozens of beats and ideas. There they worked alongside friends like Stereotyp and together, between intense swimmingpool-and-weed sessions, the first sketches of Hangover (Bababa) and the trippy 90 bpm song Vem Curtir were created. Mixhell contributed to an intense ultra percussive beat that later became Macumba. The experience was so refreshing and unique that some of the music crafted during these four weeks, like Hypnotized or the instrumental to Eskeleto, has changed little from the initial demos. With a lot of new music on their hard drives, the band headed out to London's Red Bull Studios, where guests like Afrikan Boy (Eskeleto) and Roses Gabor ((We Stay) Up All Night) came in to sprinkle the record with their own unique voodoo. With the hard drives running out of space and heads full of ideas, the band came back to Enchufada's Lisbon headquarters to start refining the final 'Komba'. Other guests like Terry Lynn and Sara Tavares (Voodoo Love), Kaysha (Komba) and Blaya (LOL & POP and (We Stay) Up All night), were then invited to help give the album its finishing touches.
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On one of their journeys to South America, the group become fascinated with Sao Paulo's street art movement. One of the leading characters of this movement - Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff a.k.a. Calma - has views on religious and pagan aspects of South American culture which fused perfectly with 'Komba'. Calma portrays the mix of spiritual idiosyncrasies in the same way Buraka deals with all their rhythmic influences brought from the West and Africa. For the artwork it was a no brainer to use one of Calma's most famous paintings.
'Komba' is an "access all areas" pass for listeners to see life the same way Buraka does - 'Vem Curtir'!
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