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Kriolu (feat. Julinho KSD)
Dino d'Santiago, Julinho Ksd
02:54
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Capacidades
Nídia
02:27
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Summer Nights
Vanyfox
03:51
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acliclas (feat. Julinho KSD, Blade & Chullage)
Tristany, Julinho Ksd, Blade, Chullage
06:26
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Rapazes
PEDRO
02:55
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Uwa
Pongo
03:06
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Vinte Vinte
Branko, Ana Moura, Conan Osíris
03:33
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Quem Diria
Mike11
03:10
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Bad Guy Vibes
Vmbeatz, DJ Lycox
02:45
10
Bandida
DJ Firmeza, 26m85, Studio Bros, DJ Danifox
03:09
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Premier Sentier - DJ Danifox Remix
Rolv.K, Pekodjinn, DJ Danifox
06:09
12
Tocaram Na Suzuki
DJ Lycox
05:05
13
Bruxo Melódico
Dotorado Pro
02:09
14
Rata
Deejay Telio
03:15
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Baza
Blaya
03:09
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Nunun
Nídia
03:40
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SDDS
Branko
03:35
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Não Saio
Pedro Mafama
03:35
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Baza Agora
Messias Maricoa, Conan Osíris
03:33
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Gangsta
Instinto 26
04:10
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HEI
ProfJam
03:28
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Justiça
Vado Más Ki Ás, Mike11
02:27
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Nunca ´Tou Solo
BIYA, Tóy Tóy T-Rex
03:35
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+351 (call Me)
Nenny
03:29
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Como Gostas
Carla Prata
03:26
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Savana
Cíntia, Londone
02:54
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Conclusão
Julinho Ksd
02:27
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Famosão
Rafa G, Jovem Dex
02:56
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Autoestima
DreNaz
03:16
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Lêba
iZem, Dino d'Santiago, Ellah
03:11

Lisboa

"The lusophone sound is coming" – Dino d’Santiago

In and around Lisbon, music never stops changing. Far from being the city frozen in the time that she was a few years ago, the Portuguese capital has woken up from a mellow slumber to reveal her radiant and cosmopolitan face. At last, she’s proud to show the world her cultural richness in full. This renewed dynamism has been, above all, through music – the reason why we’re here after all.

From the wild block parties in the Quinta do Mocho neighbourhood where you can go crazy until the first light of dawn to a backdrop of kuduro and batida, to the historic B.Leza club on the banks of the Tagus – the gateway to African sounds in the capital – Lisbon’s musical heart beats with the feverish impulse and frenetic rhythms born of cultural fusion. This first half of the year shows that this trend is only growing stronger. After his anthem ‘Nova Lisboa’, the Portuguese-Cape Verdean singer Dino d’Santiago returned to celebrate Lisbon’s creole culture with his funaná hit ‘Kriolu’, alongside high-profile rapper Julinho KSD. In the space of just one year, KSD managed to get creole rap to the top of the charts, aided by the simultaneous successes of Rafa G, DreNaz, and Vado Más Ki Ás, all of whom are featured in this playlist. Once marginalised, creole rap is now enjoying unprecedented recognition in Portugal, and the Lisbon region is at the heart of this rise.

Also in this rap scene imbued with African influences, young women are making a name for themselves, skillfully surfing the Afrobeats wave which has been in vogue for many years now. Look out for names like Cintia, Nenny, and Carla Prata, all of whom are in their early twenties. Their music shares the same strength, the same determination, and the same penchant for smooth polyrhythmic beats. A synergy between all the players in this scene would make it grow with even more vitality and diversity, much like the buzz around and between artists that was built up in the batida scene at the beginning of the last decade (and continues today).

Let's get on to the famous batida which can be heard all over in the clubs in the White City. True to form, established labels like Enchufada and Príncipe have been offering their share of haunting percussive craziness over the past few months and redrawing the boundaries of a constantly changing sound in doing so. From the well known names like Pedro and Nídia, to the ultra-talented young guard epitomised by Vanyfox and Danifox (to name but a few), batida and its evolving sounds haven’t left my headphones since the beginning of the year – as this selection shows.

Welcome to Lisbon!

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