"Kuduro in Kimbundu – a northern Angolan language – means “tight bottom” or “hard ass.” It evolved from Batida, its simple form which emerged from Angola’s capital city, Luanda, in the 1980s. Club deejays fused African musical elements especially percussion sections with Caribbean soca sounds. That was before the arrival of electronic music, and in the 1990s, more and more deejays incorporated these electronic beats from America and Europe into the African percussion section to form what is now called kuduro."
"It’s remarkable how outsiders have treated [twerk]—seeing a four-year-old twerking is not an uncommon thing in New Orleans. These kids grow up in a community where there’s no innuendo; it’s acrobatics, it’s expression, it’s part of music culture. People see a female ass move and think it’s only good for one thing: provoking or providing sex. The controversy speaks to the level of sexual maturity in pop; that they don’t see the world, or movement, as a complex tapestry."
Bounce queen Big Freedia's long-time DJ Rusty Lazer on the rise of twerking in Puja Patel's"Bouncing Back", a piece about bounce culture and the first all-female brass band to win New Orleans’ Street Kings competition. (via highkeygay)
i would like to make this comparison:
splits and body rolls and leg extensions to reveal the pelvis area are common in ballet/contemporary dancing but are also found in pop music as well but anyone how goes to a free form dance or ballet knows that it’s not sexual its a movement, its an art, it can convey more than just openning your legs. It’s not inherently sexual and one must divorce notions of sexualizing every single female body part
if it makes you uncomfortable to see a young girl bouncing her butt, its probably because you are looking at it in a sexual manner and that is gross