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Kuduro

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Can you measure the distance from a tough, no-nonsense beat inspired by a Jean-Claude Van Damme dance move to the brutal politics of Africa's diamond industry? That's an abstract approximation of what happened between kuduro's invention by Angolan beatmeister Tony Amado in 1996 and Black Diamond, the great electronic dance album released in late 2008 by Portugal's Buraka Som Sistema. As Luanda producer Amado explains in a semifamous video you can see here, kuduro was his… more »