An Album Worth Listening To…

 Playlist for December 2015

Song (iTunes)



Splitter Pine – Hovedøen Social Club Hovedøen Social Club Salsa
Sonero Mayor – Son de Tikizia Son de Tikizia  Salsa
Travesuras – Enio Enio Timba
Cheerleader (feat. Nicky Jam) [Felix Jaehn Remix] – Omi Omi  Latin Pop
Mambo para Bailar – Fuego Fuego Merengue Electronico
Tocame – Anthony Santos Anthony Santos Bachata
Culpa al Corazón – Prince Royce Prince Royce  Bachata
Não Me Pede – C4 pedro C4 Pedro Kizomba
Miúda Linda – Nelson Freitas Nelson Freitas Kizomba
Casa Comigo – Ravidson Ravidson Kizomba

C4 Pedro

C4 Pedro / King Ckwa

For the kizomba fans out there, there is no end to the new material being released by artists and DJ’s alike.  Not surprisingly, some of it is good but a lot of it not so much. You can spend a lot of time listening to pretty average music in the pursuit of finding tracks and albums that are worth playing to more than once. Fortunately, there are artists out there that when they release new material you can be confident that it’s going to be good and one such artists is C4 Pedro.

If that name is new to you, C4 Pedro (aka Pedro Lisboa Santos) is a hugely popular Angolan musician, performer and producer known for making great kizomba among other genres of music. As a kizomba artist he released his first album “Lágrimas – Um Só Povo Uma Só Nação” in 2008.  In 2011 he released his second album “Calor e Frio”, which included a number of hit songs like the title track “Calor e Frio”, “Pokémon e Pikachu” and “Ser Angolano”.  But it’s been 4 years since we’ve had a new album from C4.  That changed this passed September with the release of his latest studio album King Ckwa.  The album has 20 tracks in total and definitely features some great kizombas.  However, unlike his first two albums, when it came to creating King Ckwa C4 was keen to provide something for the diverse musical tastes of his fans.  So in addition to kizomba you’ll also find great examples of afro-jazz and afro-beat.  And not only does King Ckwa feature a collection of grenes but also a collection of languages with song sung in Portuguese, English, Lingala and French

The album took a total of 2 1/2 years to make and features collaborations with Dj Maphorisa, Zone 5, Kaysha, Nelson Freitas and Big Nelo to name a few. A number of singles have been released all of which have videos. The album is packed full of great music but a few of my favourites are the afro-beat track African Beauty (which has a great video) as well as the album’s opening track Vamos Ficar Por Aqui and the beautiful Não me Pede

One last piece to trivia for you. I wasn’t able to determine the origins of the album’s title King Ckwa but I was able to find out the meaning behind the image on the album cover.  Apparently it represents two crowns, one up and one down, symbolizing the ups and downs that life holds.

The final verdict on King Ckwa – definitely an album worth listening to.  Available now from all major digial music providers

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