Tarrax- inha, Tarraxo, Fodencia

It’s very interesting to research tarraxinha (tarr -a-SHEENya)
in all its permutations.
Angolans as far as I’ve gathered, are against using sub-genres for tarraxinha music. I think that’s a big shame because so many sounds are being fused to it, and so it’s better to name them to distinguish all musical movements/revolutions that typically start underground. Tarraxinha is used for the music, and tarraxa is a verb that is used indirectly for the dance. It can also mean flirt -vamos tarraxar- or hey, fuck while we’re at it…since ‘atarrachar’ is to ‘screw’ or ‘tighten’ , as in a nut/bolt. 😉 Let’s keep it real.

In tarraxinha, you’ll hear fusion with zouk bass, dancehall, moombahton, electronic, techo, house, and others. But at the base, (haha pun intended) TARRAXINHA IS A SLOWED DOWN VERSION OF ANGOLAN KUDURO.

Audio clip of tarraxinha beat:


From Angolan tarraxinha, you get the Afro-Portuguese community-notably in Lisbon- creating many underground sounds, such as Tarraxo (tarr-a-SHO) and FODENCIA- or ‘fuckery’ from the Lisbon ghettos . (Read article for more info). These are not approved by Angolans. They claim it’s tarraxinha with extra drum n bass, and from what I gather, a fear of their musical culture being appropriated by the same country that occupied them. It’s definitely understandable. In my humble opinion, I do feel that tarraxinha as a strong musical genre needs to be more visible and claimed by Angolans so it’s positioned in people’s minds that tarraxinha is theirs. It’s a battle in their minds, but if they rise up and feel proud not fearful, they can win this. Show us and educate us.

“I (UMB =UMA MUSICA BRUTAL) had a further longer conversation with Dj Matabaya Moreira from the DZC Crew.

Dj Matabaya:“Strange that you ask cause I’m doing 2 Fodencias at the moment . Basically it’s like Tarraxinha. You can call it Tarracho Ghetto Style. If you slow down to 90 bmp a Kuduro beat in a ghetto style (for example the kind of Kuduro that they play at Principe Records parties) you get Fodencia. And if you slow a regular style Kuduro you get plain Tarraxo. That’s basically it.”

UMB: What is its literal translation (I wanted to see if it would stack up with what others were saying). Does it mean “fuckery”?

Dj Matabaya:“Looooool…bingo…dirty style tarraxo”

UMB: Do you know when this style first started to develop and who made the first track?

Dj Matabaya: I think it was dj puma en puto e and I don’t know the name of his group but I know they’re from a neighborhood called Jamaica in Lisbon as far back as 2008!!!

UMB: Do you have any links to DJ Puma on the internet/you tube?

Dj Matabaya: No I don’t think he’s doing it anymore

UMB:So why are more people not making it?

Dj Matabaya: Firstly, it’s hard to keep up with the changes. Here (Portugal) you don’t have support when you make ghetto music

UMB: Why?

Dj Matabaya: In Portugal they look at this kind of music in a disdainful way like it is bad, rebellious. Like dry “fucking” with their clothes on. It is a very sexual style, really really sexual. The girls, they are generally naughty. Fodencia is forbidden in the clubs here. If you play that kind of music, they won’t call you no more because it’s really dirty. The kids organize little guetto parties with all kinds of raw music and dance to it. That’s how we grow up here..

UMB: So when you get older, do you stop listening to this music and move on to more mature styles and you change style because you want to get bookings

Dj Matabaya: That’s exactly what happened to us (DZC) bro’

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Stephanie has been teaching dance since 2000 and dancing professionally prior to this date! Community building, teaching, travelling to learn and movement are her specialty! Let's plug in to an uplifting, vitalizing and vibrant world of dance, music and culture!

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