As a boy he was drafted for war away from his family – as a wounded man he struggles to survive poverty
Some children are born in misery. They are forced by the global system to live their life in destitution without any other possibilities and they are exploited by local warlords to go to war. These are good enough reasons to contest the violent system of oppression, hegemony and inequality.
Bazooka is a bitter war-like offensive in the human-sized annals of tragedy. Batida took some images from RTP Africa’s archives, revamped with new footage and animations in the Batida mix. Some parts come from Fazuma Radio’s documentary ‘É Dreda Ser Angolano’. Bazuka tells the story of a man who was drafted for war as a child away from his family.
According to the Fazuma crew: “Bazuka is based on the testimony of a person in our documentary ‘É Dreda Ser Angolano’, who raises an unanswered question: “Who drafted me?” He was ‘drafted’ as a child, or recruited and forced to fight in war, got lost from his family and survived with serious health problems. We found him in Luanda in 2005. He has a name. He is the unknown soldier. Has “got two pieces of shrapnel from the war, in his head” and faces a new battle everyday: The survival in time of peace. “Ya. That’s all i have to say.”
Batida – Bazuka (Quem me rusgou?) :
Batida, the brainchild of DJ Mpula (aka Pedro Coquenão), bring an orgiastic mash-up of raw & rusty Angolan percussions and hard bass-laden electro beats. This carnivalesque act is bridging the gap between tribal roots and the contemporary Kuduro craze while they are more activistic and underground compared the commercial-oriented music in their field.
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