Almost one year ago to the date, Buraka Som Sistema were called to perform on the first Boiler Room in their hometown of Lisbon. On the first 15 minutes of this now-legendary set (which you can still watch on Youtube) a new sound was introduced to the world. An intense, hypnotic and tropical-flavored 90 BPM beat got the crowd moving and Buraka’s sharply-dressed master of ceremonies Kalaf picked up the microphone – “We call it Zouk Bass”, he shouted. The crowd went wild and a new genre was officially born.
Fast-forward one year into the present and Zouk Bass is now a worldwide phenomenon. From its origins as Antillean fast-paced party music – the word Zouk actually means party in the local creole – to being slowed-down and sensualized in Angola under the name Kizomba, to finally brought into the Global Club Music melting pot by Buraka Som Sistema, this sound has come a long way.
Showcasing zouk maestros from all around the world, from USA’s JSTJR to Russia’s Insane Fennel, including Portugal’s DZC Deejays, the UK’s KJs, France’s Mala Noche and Buraka Som Sistema themselves – among many others – ‘We Call It Zouk Bass Volume I’ presents a truly global scene, united under the mission of making dance floors move a bit slower and a lot sexier.