NANSEN Magazine issue 2 is out now. NANSEN Magazine aims to connect and celebrate migrants of all kinds. Issue 2 is featuring Kalaf Epalanga. Kalaf Epalanga is best known as one of founding MCs of Buraka Som Sistema, a rambunctious music project that burst out of a Lisbon nightclub and onto the global stage in 2006. The group fused contemporary European electronic dance music with kuduro, a frantic Angolan dance beat developed when Kalaf was growing up there in the 1980s.
From his music career, which put kuduro on the global music map, Kalaf has transitioned into writing, becoming a prominent essayist and cultural critic in the Portuguese speaking world. This double-whammy has allowed him to cultivate the broad influence he enjoys in Portugal today, stretching from young club-goers to middle-aged newspaper readers. And this widespread appeal is fortuitous, as Kalaf is on a mission to unify the Portuguese-speaking world, crossing borders drawn up during colonisation to bring the people of his homeland and his chosen home (Portugal) together.
In this Issue we:
…introduce our readers to the Afro-Portuguese community
…debunk some myths around Portuguese colonialism
…get to know the Angolan kuduro beat and its vast impact on global club music
…experience Angola from the perspective of locals
…judge a Worst Coloniser Contest
…discuss parenting as a migrant, and
…learn how newcomers to Lisbon can help fight increasing gentrification in the city
Welcome to NANSEN, a super-personal print magazine about migration. Get to know one migrant per issue, as we hone in on the minutiae of lives lived away from home – moments all migrants can relate to and many non-migrants will, too.
With 244 million migrants roaming the planet right now, we don’t think we’re ever going to run out of stories.