Killamu is one of the busiest kuduro beat makers in Luanda, Angola’s bustling capital. Although kuduro has started to reach ears all over the globe, via groups such as Buraka Som Sistema or M.I.A., Luanda’s sound has yet to truly break through. Killamu’s album A Minha Face, out on Akwaaba Music, is the genre’s first global release entirely recorded in Angola.
Killamu has been part of the Angolan kuduro scene for ten years now, and started producing tracks for Gueto Produções with Mestre Ara eight years ago. The duo quickly established their production house as one of the very best in Luanda, collaborating with many of Angola’s most innovative kudurists: laying tracks for artists such as Puto Prata, Noite e Día and Fofandó & Saborosa, together they have paved the way for the next generation of hard-hitting, rhyme-spitting kuduro lyricists.
With a slew of hits behind him, Killamu has become an unavoidable producer on the kuduro circuit. But as this album shows, his versatility allows him to explore sounds beyond kuduro, starting with kizomba (Angolan zouk), but also, and perhaps most importantly for Western audiences, his experimentations into more instrumental, electronic kuduro beats have definitely set him aside within Angola’s kuduro community.
Find out more about Killamu at www.akwaabamusic.com
Buy his album A Minha Face