Batida is DJ Mpula's vision, a multitalented producer-performer-video maker-radio DJ and under this guise, with contributions from likeminded artists, is making some of the most inspired African urban street music around. This collaboration is the result of the Angolan/Portuguese connection in Lisbon where Batida is based. Fusing the jacking high speed rhythms of kuduro with sweet melodic guitar samples of '60s Angolan semba music, 'Yumbala' is one of those jump up tracks that fills dance floors in seconds with urgent vocal delivery and conscious lyrics from Angolan MCs, Sacerdote and Dama Ivone from Luanda's Circuito Feixado. Taking the sound to the next level, Batida bring pure riotous kuduro power for 2011.
Batida's original mix of 'Yumbala' is a remastered, rebooted and recharged version of the semba infused classic that was originally featured on the now unavailable debut Batida album released in 2009 only in Portugal and Angola. This year it's ready to destroy your nearest dance floor.
In keeping with Ghetto Bassquake's history of working with some of the hottest names in international club music, we are very proud to be the first ever label outside South Africa to release a Shangaan electro remix. In 2010, the melodic Shangaan electronic folk style became one of the most talked-about sounds on the internet, racking up over half a million hits for Shangaan dance-off videos on Youtube.
After producing a critically acclaimed compilation, released by Honest Jons Recordings, Nozinja brought the Shangaan electro experience to Europe when they completed a much talked about European tour, during which they were the hit of Sonar. Off the back of these shows, the most prominent and talented producer in this micro-genre, Nozinja, gained recognition as a star with his productions reaching breakneck speeds of up to 184 BPM. Nozinja's remix of 'Yumbala' is in the style of the classic Shangaan sound, all bouncing marimba keys and pounding electronic drums; a totally unique Shangaan electro take on a kuduro track where two of Africa's most original dance styles collide on the dance floor with jaw-dropping results.
After their enormous debut single on Ghetto Bassquake, musician, DJ, & band leader of The Hackney Empire, A.J
. Holmes, has teamed up with his band for this remix, enlisting collaborator and guitarist, Folo Graff, who toured with legendary 60's Sierra Leonean High Life outfit, The S.E
. Rogie Band, bringing out the bouncing Palm wine sounds of East London via West Africa.
Get to know the name NaZaretH - an 18 year old Angolan producer from Luanda, inspired by the electronic bass heavy Kuduro sounds of Batida and Buraka Som Sistema as well as fellow local Kuduro artists, he describes that his darker take on the the sound resonates with the emotions of the Angolan civil war as much as it does with the rattling bass bins in the club. This is his debut remix.
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