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Branko (Live A/V Set), FELA KUTCHii, ¡Sazon Libre!, and DJ Lady Z

June 21 @ 9:00 pm

| $12 - $15

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Noise Pop Presents
Branko (Live A/V Set), FELA KUTCHii, ¡Sazon Libre!, and DJ Lady Z

Take a look at João Barbosa aka Branko walking down a street in Lisbon and you might mistake him for a slightly Nordic-looking tourist. Yet his reality is something different – João grew up in Amadora, the biggest city on the outskirts of Lisbon.

He recalls it as a “place where people who didn’t have a lot of money and for some reason wanted to come to Lisbon would end up… and that created a unique melting pot of shared Portuguese-speaking experiences; which had both great and terrible results.” Branko lived right in the centre of it during a time of racial tensions, rising crime and the heroin epidemic – it wasn’t the easiest experience. However, João’s surroundings provided him with a wealth of schoolmates and neighbours not only from Portugal but also from Angola, Brazil and Mozambique, with whom he focused the energy around them to fuel creativity and bring people together based on common musical interests. João describes this life-affirming process with “That’s how we all started to make sense out of everything around us.” You may have encountered Branko before without knowing it – after all, the music he describes above ended up being the music of the widely adored collective Buraka Som Sistema. For many outside Portugal this was the first taste of 21st-century Lisbon. Buraka Som Sistema were active 2005 to 2016, releasing four albums between 2008 and 2014. Along with a wave of artists from under-represented countries, B.S.S rode a worldwide wave receiving mainstream success including an MTV European Music Award and extensive tours. Branko notes that Buraka Som Sistema “represented the beginning of everything I do and stand for. It allowed me to be part of a group that was about more than just sitting in a studio putting kick drums and snares together on some computer software. Buraka Som Sistema became one of the voices of a generation that had a different perspective on what it meant to be from Lisbon and we took that vision around the world and brought a whole scene with us.” He adds that B.S.S taught him to “always be about celebrating my city and its diversity.”


June 21, 2019
9:00 pm
$12 - $15
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(510) 444-7474
579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland, CA 94612 United States


The New Parish
(510) 444-7474