Buraka Som Sistema Announces North American Dates of Final Tour
Portuguese global dance music collective Buraka Som Sistema, consisting of Branko, Riot, Conductor, Kalaf and Blay, has announced that it will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a final tour followed by an indefinite hiatus.
10 years ago, the outfit dropped its debut EP From Buraka to the World. Since then, Buraka Som Sistema has influenced electronic dance music by fusing the sounds of Angolan kuduro with other more mainstream dance music genres ranging from drum'n'bass to techno and everything in between, subsequently creating new subgenres such as zouk bass.
Buraka Som Sistema is credited for putting the Lisbon scene on the map with a total of two EPs, three full-length albums, dozens of singles and more than 800 shows all over the world. The final tour and impending hiatus comes after an especially busy year in terms of touring with headlining shows at SXSW, Montreaux Jazz Festival and Garorock among many others.
According to a press statement, the tour stops were determined by fan requests. The band's goodbye tour will bring it to cities that it has had the greatest impact on in Columbia, England, The Netherlands, France, Germany and the US.
For the uninitiated, the band's live show is notoriously raucous. Diplo, who has collaborated with Buraka Som Sistema on countless tracks over the years, has cited the band as a direct inspiration for his Major Lazer live show.
April 7-9 will find the band throwing down Lisbon beats at The Roxy in Los Angeles, San Francisco's 1015 Folsom and New York City's Webster Hall, respectively. Full tour dates and tickets are available on the band's official website here.
To learn more about the band's career and get a sense of its far-reaching influences, check out the 2013 documentary Off The Beaten Track. The film features exclusive interviews with collaborators M.I.A., Santigold, Skream and Diplo among others. Watch it below.