Published Mar 02, 2009With a reputation for making crowds "dance like hell, sweat like hell and scream like hell," we've always suspected Buraka Som Sistema shows pack a hefty punch but come spring, we'll know for sure. Yep, the Portuguese kuduro outfit are making the trek to North America, where the grimey, movement-inspiring trio will play a series of live shows in both the U.S. and Canada.
Unlike the band's last North American trip, this time Buraka Som Sistema will come packing a "full live set-up" and, better yet, an "explosive, multi-decked live show involving physics-defying dance troupes, serious percussion and rotating rapid-fire MCs." As previously reported, the group will also have domestic copies of their hotly tipped Black Diamond LP, which is due out April 7 via Fabric. As you may remember from 2008, that album features the single "Sound of Kuduro," a track that features M.I.A., and lit up more than just a few year-end best-of lists.
And if you're still confused on what this whole kuduro thing is, ol' Wikipedia describes it thusly: "house music with programming inspired by traditional carnival music from the Caribbean and Angola."
Here are all Buraka Som Sistema tour stops:
4/17 Indio, CA - Coachella
4/21 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
4/23 Portland, OR - Rotture
4/24 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
4/25 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
4/28 Chicago, IL - Sonotheque
4/29 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
4/30 Montreal, QC - Zoobizarre
5/1 Boston, MA - Harper's Ferry
5/2 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom