Portugal is a fascinating crossroads of musical styles.

Tapping into its unique position at the epicentre of a former empire that stretched the world, it retains a big African population with connections to the stunning rhythms of the old continent that are now being fused with electronics and hip hop to make some genius music.

DK Marfox is a Portuguese DJ and producer who marries the many traditions into a music that skips and jumps around hypnotic beats that mark him out as one of the prime producer/DJ voices on the current scene. Tapping into that stunning African heritage of rhythm but with the pulsating electronics of the now, DJ Marfox is part of a new breed of DJs who utilise an African spin to their music that is reverbeteing around the favela like ghettos of Lisbon.

It’s the Angolan Kuduro music that is a big influence and part of the backdrop of his music and it’s that fusion of this with his home city that gives him the shimmy and the twist, making this a homegrown kuduro – ‘Batida’ or ‘Batucada’, although Marfox is less reliant on combining the old music of Angola with the Kuduro rhythms like in Batida and more interest in a 21st century fusion.

Signed to Lit City Trax, he has some history. Starting when he was 13 and remixing back in 2002 when he first formed the group DJs di Ghetto. The past years have seen him hone his craft top perfection and the rhythms in his music perfectly capture the teaming life and continent spanning humanity of Lisbon.

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