DJs do Guetto

DJs do Guetto (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022). Part of the 33 1/3 Europe series.


Call it batida, kuduro, Afro house, Lisbon bass: anyone with a keen ear for contemporary developments in global electronic dance music can’t fail to have noticed the rise in popularity and influence of Lisbon-based DJs such as DJ Marfox, DJ Nervoso and Nídia. These DJs and producers have brought the sound of the Lisbon projects to the wider world via international club nights, festival appearances, recordings and remix projects for a range of international artists.

This book uses the 2006 compilation DJs do Guetto as a prism for exploring this music’s aesthetics and its roots in Lusophone Africa, its evolution in the immigrant communities of Lisbon and its journey from there to the world. The story is one of encounters: between people, sounds, neighborhoods, technologies and cultural contexts. Drawing on reflections by DJ Marfox and others, the book establishes DJs do Guetto as a foundation stone not only for a burgeoning music scene, but also for a newfound sense of pride in a place and a community.

Table of Contents

1. PR001
2. Uprouted beats
3. Close encounters
4. Quinta do Mocho
5. Looped encounters
6. The making and unmaking of a DJ crew
7. Nobility
8. Strange futurity
9. Translation
10. An ending

Bloomsbury page for the paperback of DJs do Guetto

Soundcloud playlist of ‘CD1’ of DJs do Guetto as reissued by Príncipe Discos in 2013:

Soundcloud playlist of ‘CD2’ of DJs do Guetto as reissued by Príncipe Discos in 2013:

Video of of 33 1/3 Europe book launch event, March 2022