Buraka Som Sistema is set to release its sophomore album, Komba, November 1. Due to non-stop touring over the past three years, following the success of its debut album, Black Diamond, Buraka Som Sistema has had little time to create the hip-hop, electronic dance music for which it gained notoriety. However, over the past 11 months, the band did some major soul searching, and the results are lively songs all tying into the theme of living every day to the fullest. During the writing stage of the album, the band members went on a month-long retreat to a secluded area in Monchique, Portugal (band camp?), where they bounced ideas off of one another before heading to the studio in London.
The title of the album, Komba, is a seven-day spiritual ritual in the country of Angola. During the ceremony, people celebrate the deceased’s life by enjoying the person’s favorite food, drinks and songs. It comes as no surprise that the North American release date was calculated to tie into the feel of the album. October 31 is Halloween in America, a night to celebrate all things spooky and ghostly—and to party.
The single “(We Stay) Up All Night,” streaming above, is a fun dance track that features Blaya and Roses Gabor. Other artists who landed on the album include Afrikan Boy and Kaysha. Drawing from inspirations around the world, the band even decided to use one of Brazilian artist Calma’s most famous paintings as the album’s cover art.
Buraka Som Sistema will be hitting the road for a couple of live shows if you can make it to the West Coast. Check out the dates below.
Tour Dates For Buraka Som Sistema:
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
10/15 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival 2011