Video: Kuduro street art from Angola stenciled into sleevesJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009
DJ Znobia mirrors in his music the urgent reality of Angola and Luanda, a capital in constant mutation. Almost single handedly he has brought about a revolution in Kuduro, to the point where one can clearly see a before and an after DJ Znobia.
Buraka Som Sistema, Diplo, Radioclit and M.I.A. have all pointed DJ Znobia as the driving force for a new Kuduro sound from within Angola, and rightly so. DJ Znobia's music is about reinventing Africa. It mixes the ancient and rooted with occidental technology through the use of computers, as it mashes and marries sometimes apparently disparate sources, influences, beats, it unveils the contradictions of a new Africa and African reality.
Mekwa and Target have tried to capture the essence of the aggressive Kuduro dance moves in two panels of 200 12'' vinyl sleeves each.
The first 200 panels represent a social network of thousands of kuduro dancers, all clustering and reconnecting after years of war. The second 200 panels are a random collection of dancers as these take centre stage in the vinyl jacket.