Not long ago, we posted a fresh kuduro EP with tracks from a wide variety of artists. Many of these tracks were kuduro as we usually know it, an uptempo syncopated beat, spiced up with some bass and lazer sounds and vocal samples. But there was one track, ‘Massacre‘, that clearly stood out from the rest because of its brutal, sinister sound and experimental drums which remind of dark techno, breakcore and, of course, Munchi’s iconic skullbass genre! This track is from the 21 year old London based avant-garde producer Nazar, who created a magnificent 3-track EP around this unique sound, dubbed ‘rough kuduro’, which will be released this week here on our Generation Bass label.
The name ‘Massacre’, doesn’t stand on its own. The other tracks are called ‘Hate’ and ’10 000 Africans’, hinting to a deeper story behind it. I reached out to the producer to ask about his personal inspiration for this EP.
N: The main purpose behind this music, and this genre created “Rough Kuduro” was to give another narrative – more politically – to our genuine music style called Kuduro. By exploring rawness and the extreme violence of the 27-year Angolan civil war.
I believe that genre (Kuduro) was created and widely celebrated to make us forget our dark and violent past. But my motivation is definitely the opposite. Since I’ve started making music, I’ve obsessively looked after ways to make us remember those dystopian years.
My move to Angola, 6 years ago from Belgium provoked a big impact on my consciousness. It was the first time I’had been subject to country where marks of war where still visible (2002 was the year of the peace treaty). So throughout the years my interest about knowing more and more about the real history of my country was connected with my earlier interest in music.
Last but not least of my inspiration, is also my dad – who’s now a diplomat but had an important role on war. He was on the side, the United Nation qualified at the last part of the war as “Rebel organisation ” but those terms are really relative and it all depends of perspective. Results of this, I’ve been educated by his knowledge, through his stories of a war he fought first hand. Reading his articles and books.
GB: I was intrigued by the titles of the tracks. Do they carry any specific messages you want to share? Also, the track ’10 000 Africans’ has distorted lyrics in French that I cannot really understand.. could you maybe tell a bit more about what is being said there?
N: Basically it’s this.
Hate – is my take on how the Angolan society was divided during that war. And what drove the violence of this conflict after Political implication and purposes. I think it’s really powerful energy, that makes with stop caring around yourself and the possiblities that you may be wound and killed when you go fighting. So I just tried to translate in a song that can provoke you same thing. You’ll feel invincible while listening to it.
Massacre – is the consequence of this main emotion.
10 000 Africans – was named after an approximate number of men it takes to overthrow a government in Africa. Angola is of course the main inspiration behind this work, but I look after other stuffs going on all over the continent. 10000 Africans was named after a situation created in my mind where “imaginary rebel gang of 10 000 mens, was heading down to the state head quarter to commint a Putsch (Coup D’Etat) while cheering up themselves, with evil chants, burning village on the ways, raping women. Shooting in the air etc.
GB: Earlier, you told me that you have a broader vision for this music, could you tell the readers of Generation Bass a bit more about this?
N: I’ve always dreamed big for this genre of music but I sincerely believe that it’s the more powerful type of music in terms of aggressiveness. I’ve been ‘visually educated’ by Justice‘s live performances. Would love to give same kind of thing to Rough Kuduro. Would love to take it in more experimental lands, and to cinematography.