From a media release:
A global initiative to introduce Angolan Kuduro dance and music internationally through interactive events and programs
December Dance Battles, Workshops, and Performances coming to N.Y.C. and Washington, D.C. for the first time ever
New York City Dates: December 10, 11 & 16, 2012, Washington December 21
NEW YORK CITY - Angolan Kuduro music and dance are coming to the US for the first time ever, delivered by Os Kuduristas (oskuduristas.com ), a project featuring Kuduro dance heavyweights. This December, some of the best Kuduro dancers from Angola (southern Africa) will arrive in New York City and Washington DC, showcasing the highly energetic dance and electronic music style that has captured the hearts of M.I.A., Björk, and Diplo.
Following up on strong response to this fall’s European dance battles and events, the East Coast activations of Os Kuduristas will bring Kuduro’s energy not only to club sets, in collaboration with global bass icons like Chief Boima, DJ KS*360, and DC’s Sol Power All Star DJ’s, but to aspiring young beat-makers, filmmakers, and dancers with a creative, interactive cultural exchange educational component at New York City high schools and youth centers. With quicksilver, on-the-spot choreography and a feel for beat and movement all their own, Os Kuduristas performers embody the spirit of the new Angolan scene, showing Americans what Kuduro can do.
Os Kuduristas will participate in a cultural exchange with students at Achievement First High School in Brooklyn and conduct lecture-demonstrations for the student body, while being filmed by filmmaking students from Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts in Queens and presenting tracks made by music production students participating in a special, Kuduro-inspired workshop. In addition to the school-based activities, the Angolan crew will present Kuduro’s history and moves to youth at two dance-centered programs: The Door and KR3TS, in a moving exchange between N.Y.C.’s street styles and Kuduro’s unique expressiveness.
December 10, 2012 – Bembe Lounge, 81 South 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn A special Kuduro set with Chief Boima | MIDNIGHT
December 11, 2012 – Le Poisson Rouge, “Behind the Groove,” 148 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012
Special Kuduro Afro House set by DJ KS*360 with Os Kuduristas and N.Y.C. legendary street dance curators Kwikstep and Rokafella | MIDNIGHT
December 16, 2012 – Gonzalez y Gonzalez, 192 Mercer Street, NYC
"Hangtime" Special performance | 9:30 PM
December 21, 2012 - Tropicalia Club, 2001 14th Street NW
Dance battle & lecture/demo plus DJ set - Shows 9pm & 11pm