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Title:Anatomy of Kuduro: articulating the Angolan body politic after the war
Author:Moorman, Marissa J.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:57
Issue:3
Pages:21-40
Language:English
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:dance
politics
images
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2014.90
Abstract:Kuduro, meaning 'hard-ass' or 'in a hard place', is a contemporary genre of music and dance produced and consumed in Angola, especially in Luanda. This article maps 'kuduro' historically and assesses it in its current moment. While the dance is full of invention and the genre has thrived in the informal economy, this alternative expression and the infrastructure it produces cannot be considered politically or economically liberatory. But the international 'os Kuduristas' campaign, promoted by two of the Angolan president's, Josť Eduardo dos Santos', children and companies they own, shows the dangers of a culturally conservative discourse that dismisses 'kuduro' as a vulgar popular phenomenon while hegemonic political and commercial forces embrace it. Bibliogr., notes, ref., summary in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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