Buraka Som Sistema was a Portuguese band with both Portuguese and Angolan members, known for their unique blend of Kuduro music. The band's name was inspired by the Buraca parish in the city of Amadora, on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal, and the concept of a sound system, which originates from Jamaica.

The band was formed in 2006 by Kalaf Ângelo Epalanga, João Barbosa (Branko), and Rui Pité (Riot). They were initially part of the 1-Uik Project when they heard music from the Conjunto Ngonguenha by Condutor (Andro del Pozo) and Luaty Beirão. Kalaf decided to contact Condutor and invited him to join their group, marking the beginning of Buraka Som Sistema.

Recognition and Influence

Buraka Som Sistema’s music is characterized by its integration into the Kuduro genre, a type of music and dance that originated in Angola. Their first major success was with the song “Yah!” in 2006, featuring Petty, followed by another hit, “Wawaba”. They are often credited as the founders of the new progressive electronic Kuduro sound and were one of the Portuguese musical projects with the most international projection in the 2000s and 2010s.

In 2008, they released the song “Sound of Kuduro”, featuring M.I.A, DJ Znobia, Saborosa, and Puto Prata. This was the first single from their album “Black Diamond”, released in the summer of 2008. The album was edited by Enchufada in partnership with Sony BMG and was the first album by Buraka Som Sistema, succeeding the acclaimed EP “From Buraka to the World” from 2006, which introduced the band’s unique Kuduro sound.

Current Work and Future Plans

After Petty and Pongo Love (the only vocalists to participate in the band’s projects), Blaya joined the formation of Buraka Som Sistema, initially as a dancer. In October 2011, the group released their second album, “Komba”, with the first single from the album titled “Hangover (Bababa)”.

In 2014, the band released their third album, “Buraka”. Buraka Som Sistema gave their last concert on July 1, 2016, in Lisbon, and have been on hiatus since then.

Despite their hiatus, the impact of Buraka Som Sistema on the Kuduro genre and the music industry at large remains significant. Their unique blend of Kuduro music has not only popularized the genre but also paved the way for future artists in the field.

Awards and Accolades

Buraka Som Sistema has received several awards for their contributions to music. At the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, they were eighth in the International New Sounds of Europe Contest and were nominated for Best Portuguese Artist. At the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, they won the award for Best Portuguese Artist and were nominated for Best European Artist. They also won the award for Group of the Year at the 2009 Golden Globes, an annual award from the Portuguese television station SIC.


Their song “Hangover (BaBaBa)” is featured in the video game Just Dance 2016, and “Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)” was included in the soundtracks of the video games Need for Speed: Shift and FIFA 10.