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"Set for Peace"

Set for Peace is a fantastic initiative to spread the message of Peace Day through music!

Its first year has been a great success, DJs around the world helped to make over 37,000 people aware of Peace Day 21 September.

Pleas watch this video to learn how DJs view Peace and how it can be brought to people’s lives with the power of music.

Dave Beer ( Back To Basics)
Dean Creole ( Afro-Coalition)
Sy Legg (Afro-Coalition)
Malcolm We Love (Afro-Coalition)
Tom Crawshaw [DJ & Producer] (DJ)
Klaudia Jasmin ( Flux)
Shovell The Drum Warrior ( M People)
Dj Ease ( Nightmares On Wax)
Dj Silyvi
Paul Van Dyk


We would like to specially thank DJ Neil Kemp from Clubaholic for his all his efforts to make this interviews. - Peace one Day

"Da Banda Turns Out Ibiza May 25"

‘Da Banda’s, Kuduro superstars plan to make history when they descend on clubbers paradise Ibiza for the first time.
Originating from Angola, Eddy Sex, Fogo de Deus, Manda Chuva and DJ’s Ketchup, Satelite and Silyvi - a troupe of Kuduro musicians, dancers and DJ’s under the Da Banda umbrella, will showcase their vibrant mix of Kuduro, Afrobeats, Electronica and Kizomba at the International Music Summit Grande Finale on May 22, Savannah’s on May 24 and Sands on May 25.

Kuduro first appeared in Angola in the early 1990’s in the clubs and ‘back yards’ of Luanda and has since been transported round the globe to be enjoyed nowadays in Europe, different parts of Africa and Brazil. Thousands of clubbers in Ibiza, one of the world’s most popular party destinations, will enjoy the frenetic beats and see ‘the real thing’ as an expert team of Angolan Kuduristas showcase their styles.

Although familiar to the party island, with Kuduro music reaching the top 40 most popular dance tracks in Ibiza, the island has never before seen real Kuduristas from The streets of the Angolan capital, Luanda, play to massive audiences.

Over the past 20 years, Kuduro has increased its popularity and is inspiring artists around the world. It’s a mix of Angolan traditional music with tribal beats flavoured by house and techno and has become the latest sensation within the dance genre.

Its sounds have been described as ‘infectious and pulsating, racing along at 140 beats per minute’ plus ‘fast and freaky, with mental dance moves’Already the Da Banda troupe are being welcomed to Ibiza with international festival and Ibiza favourites, The Cuban Brothers, planning to collaborate with the Kuduristas.

Cuban Brothers front man Mike Keat says: “It’s a great idea to have them in Ibiza. Some of their stuff is really raw and captivating and the dancing is off the scale.” The mastermind behind Da Banda is the popular singer and executive producer, Coréon Dú, who has made it a personal quest to forge a bigger place for Angola on the international music and dance scene.

He says: “Kuduro dance is rooted in Angolan carnival and urban dance as well as traditional Angolan dance moves from the rural areas. It also draws on international dance styles.” African Kuduro superstar, DJ Silyvi, states: “A Kuduro beat is different to any other beat. We adapted techno to our rhythm, our way of dancing and our way of being. When you listen closely it has the essence of carnival.”

Fogo de Deus, musician and famously known as the best Kuduro dancer in Angola adds: “A big surprise has been the ‘dance-off battles’ we get into cities all over the world. It’s just fabulous to go up against some of the best dancers in the world and show how Kuduro is up there with the rest of them. I can’t wait to perform in Ibiza, which is A dream for me.” - Sugarcane Magazine

"Os Kuduristas at Tropicalia"

From breakdancers battling to ballroom swinging, the art of movement has become an athletic competition around the world. Since the late 1990s, Angolans have been gyrating to the speedy, 140 beats-per-minute sound of kuduro, an electronic genre that melds African polyrhythms with Caribbean soca and four-on-the-floor techno. Like hip-hop, kuduro has long been associated with athletic street-dance moves and one-upmanship, but as a dance form, it melds West African, Caribbean, and Angolese techniques with American-style popping and locking. Os Kuduristas, a five-piece Angolan dance troupe formed this year, aims to bring kuduro to the rest of the world and challenge others who like to trip the light fantastic. Tonight, after a demonstration and workshop, the Kuduristas take on D.C. hip-hop dance crews Urban Artistry and Lionz of Zionz, with music provided by D.C. DJs Sol Power and Underdog. Kuduro dancer MC Fogo de Deus will contribute vocals, calling out the names of dances and throwing in some chants to make tonight’s show an exhilarating dance-off. - Washington City Paper


Thought Bubble Concepts is pleased to announce that the short-form student made documentary film, Kuduro NYC, has been accepted into the Tribeca International Film Festival as part of its Our City, My Story series.

Created by three students from the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts located in Queens, NY, the documentary chronicles the recent cultural exchange between a group of students from the Brooklyn-based Achievement First High School and youths in Luanda, the capital of Angola, Africa, as the American students learn about their peers through Kuduro, an authentic and unique style of Angolan music and dance.

Kuduristas Manuel Kanza teaches Brooklyn students.
The cultural exchange was created as part of the social give back for the Os Kuduristas program that Thought Bubble Concepts developed and produced for the Angolan communications company Da Banda International. The program introduced Kuduro, a form of highly popular Angolan electronic music and street dance, to students in Brooklyn and Queens through beat-making and dance workshops. The programs at both schools included a school-wide assembly where visiting Angolan Kuduro dancers presented the music and dance to over 1,000 students. In an effort to expand the student-on-student peer exchange, Thought Bubble Concepts invited the junior film students to document the exchange.

Os Kuduristas dance into NYC.

Kuduro NYC selected by Tribeca Film Festival.
The documentary also recently won Lincoln Center’s Dance on Film Festival’s Capture Motion student film competition. In honor of their accomplishments the student filmmakers will be flown to Los Angeles, California, to present the film at the sister festival Dance on Film West in May with screenings at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Kuduro NYC (https://vimeo.com/57339856) will be screened on April 25 at 5PM as part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Our City, My Story section during the Tribeca International Film Festival. - Thought Bubble


One of Angola's top house music DJs/producers talks about his approach to making music, being co-signed by the legendary Louis Vega and the bad-assness of kuduristas! - I Love Kuduro


Celebrating world peace day on September 21st 2013...DJs discussing the subject of world peace...raising awareness of peace day...

Featuring Paul Van Dyk, Shovell The Drum Warrior (M-People), DJ Ease (Nightmares On Wax), Dave Beer (Back to Basics), Klaudia Jasmin (Flux), Tom Crawshaw, Dean Creole (Afro-Coalition), Malcolm WeLove (Afro-Coalition), Sy Legg (Afro-Coalition) and Neil Jacques.

Filmed by Neil Kemp & Jonny Lee
Edited by Neil Kemp
Produced by Clubaholic.tv, LNADJ & Peace One Day

Set For Peace

By Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation
21st September 2013

Peace One Day has partnered with the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation (LNADJ) to launch an exciting new initiative for Peace Day, Set for Peace.

Peace One Day and LNADJ are calling for DJs and promoters around the world to celebrate Peace Day -- Saturday 21 September 2013. DJs have been asked to play a 'set' in the name of peace and promoters will be asked to dedicate their event to Peace Day. Our vision is to hear the DJs of the world, from conflict zones to nightclubs, to the front rooms of our homes, playing a 'Set for Peace', raising awareness of Peace Day.
With DJ's from over 52 countries already registered to take part in this initiative it is certainly showing that dance music can make a difference.
Paul Van Dyk is this year's leading ambassador and is DJing a Set For Peace at the flagship Peace One Day event at the Peace Palace in Den Hague celebrating 100yrs of the Palace.

Fundraising and donations from sets or events are optional.

''Music is the most peace inspiring thing on earth'' -- Nile Rodgers

How does raising awareness help?

Through detailed analysis conducted with the support of McKinsey & Company, the Peace One Day 2012 report found that, across the world, approximately 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 2012 -- 4% of the world's population. The report further estimates that approximately 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. As a result of Set for Peace & other initiatives, Peace One Day expect their message to reach over 600 million people in 2013.

Peace One Day

In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day's efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September -- Peace Day.
Peace One Day's objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural

About Last Night A DJ Saved My Life:

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (or LNADJ for short) is a UK Registered Charitable Foundation

LNADJ has created partnerships with organisations within the dance music industry, and with charities, and seeks to set up mutually beneficial fund raising and awareness initiatives and schemes that benefit everyone.

Registered in June 2011, the LNADJ Foundation has held promotional events to raise awareness of different causes and also its brand. The philosophy has always been to make raising awareness the priority over raising funds.

DJ's, promoters and venues wanting to get involved and dedicate their event to Peace Day or play a 'Set for Peace' should email:



Big events, small events, it will all make a difference.

Peace One Day and LNADJ will provide the relevant branding & information for you to get the message out there.

Awareness creates action -- action saves lives - Set for Peace


Solange Hilario:

Currently recording featured vocals and a solo album in the UK and Lisbon

DJ Silyvi:

Akuluwo (album released 2013)

Francis Boy:

Swagger from the Ghetto to the City (album released 2012)



Da Banda is an international entertainment company with Angolan pop-music culture at its heart, bringing the freshest recording artists, DJs and models to the world.

Launching in 2008, Da Banda has had a successful track record with creative projects that celebrate the country's talent in music, dance and fashion.

Our latest project is The Da Banda Collective (DBC), an exciting new collective of Angolan musicians performing a mix of Angolan pop-music with tribal beats, flavoured by house and techno. From semba to samba, Luanda to the Rio carnival, Angolan capoeira to Brazilian capoeira, the Da Banda collective are bringing a fresh, new sound to the mainstream.

The act performed this year at the International Music Summit (Ibiza) alongside Fatboy Slim and Idris Elba at Dalt Villa, as well as hosting nights at Cafe Mambo and Sands Beach Bar on the island.

DJ Silyvi was invited back to Ibiza later this year to play at Ushuaïa, gaining him international recognition, including being asked to participated in "Set for Peace", an initiative to encourage DJs to speak up about the effect the Global Dance Industry can have on peace.

Solange Hilario, the singer for DBC, rose to recognition after participating in Portuguese Idol, where she stole the hearts of the fans and judges with her soulful vocals and passion for music. She is currently working on several projects with some of the industry's best writers and producers, including a solo album to be released in 2014. Alongside this, Solange is nurturing her acting talent, starring in Emmy Award nominated TV show 'Windeck'

DJ Silyvi and Francis Boy are also big favourites in the Kuduro music scene and were asked to perform at this year's 'I Love Kuduro' festival in Luanda.

DBC are authentic, innovative and energetic; bringing Angola to the world.