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When: Tue., April 28, 9 p.m. 2009

The thumping, polyrhythmic dance music called kuduro came to be when Angolans tweaked Caribbean dancehall and soca to fit local tastes, mostly by piling African drumming on top of those styles’ already impressive rhythmic foundations. It soon found a second home in Portugal—Angola is a former Portuguese colony—where it collided with the native club scene and spawned “progressive kuduro,” an electronics-heavy hybrid. The same adventurous DJs who’ve been bringing cumbia, kwaito, and baile funk to American audiences have also picked up on progressive kuduro, mostly via Buraka Som Sistema. This Portuguese production group’s second record, Black Diamond (Sony BMG), has been accumulating fans on this side of the pond since its overseas release late last year, thanks partly to endorsements by Diplo (who’s put out a BSS 12-inch on his Mad Decent label) and M.I.A. (who guests on “Sound of Kuduro”) but mostly due to its skillful blend of complex percussion arrangements, Miami-worthy sub-bass, and nagging hooks—like the vocal chant in “Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)”—which run on a loop in your brain long after the record’s stopped. Early this month Black Diamond finally came out in the States, and the group’s on a North American tour with a full-on stage show: two members will be behind DJ decks, the other two will MC, and they’ll be joined by a pair of live percussionists and a dancer. DJ Sega, Black Holes, and BBU open. —Miles Raymer

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