Archive: Nazar

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The music of the Angolan producer Nazar, who grew up in Belgium, combines “northern” and “southern” sounds: kuduro, the most popular and now globally successful club music style from his homeland, mixes traditional dances such as semba and zouk with techno and house. But Nazar doesn’t just celebrate globalisation, he also recalls the pain and horror of postcolonialism. His debut album Guerrilla examines his family’s history and Angola’s 27-year-long civil war, which began immediately after the declaration of independence in 1975. He coined the term “rough kudo” for his music, and you can hear the echoes of police violence and massacres floating above gloomy basses and the rhythmic clicking of guns.

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