The King of Kuduro




Tony Amado, often referred to as the "King of Kuduro," is an iconic figure in the world of Kuduro music. Born and raised in Malanje, a province in Angola, Amado's journey into the world of music began at a young age. He initially pursued academic studies in Medicine and even dabbled in football before being drawn into the vibrant world of music.

Amado's first foray into music was as a dancer, showcasing his talent in various popular Angolan music styles like semba, sungura, kilapanga, American techno, and samba. His creativity and passion for dance led him to create several dance styles, including açucar, kuduro, oba, gato preto, mbrututu, jaracuja, xica da silva, jacobino, underground, and tuga. However, it was the kuduro dance that gained widespread popularity and became synonymous with his name.

After a long period of absence from the stage and silence in terms of production, Tony Amado is making a comeback with exciting news for his fans. He is set to present a discographic work that traces his discographic trajectory titled "Kuduro + Angola." Known in artistic circles as the "King of Kuduro," Amado has more surprises in store beyond this album.

Despite the challenges he has faced, including instances of being blocked from performing in his home province, Amado remains committed to his art. He continues to be a significant figure in the Kuduro music scene, embodying the spirit of resilience and creativity that characterizes this vibrant music genre. His journey serves as an inspiration for upcoming artists and a testament to the transformative power of Kuduro music.

Amado’s influence on Kuduro music extends beyond his dance creations. He is credited with creating the Kuduro music genre itself, a feat that has earned him international respect and recognition. His first album was recorded in Boston, USA, where he even received an offer to build a career in the country known for its vibrant rap scene.

During the Angolan civil war, Amado performed in “battlefields” to bring joy and entertainment to conflict zones. Despite the dangers, he was driven by his passion for showcasing Kuduro music. “The war stopped to see Tony Amado,” he recalls, highlighting the transformative power of his music.