Quien quiere Tuki? is a documentary to be released this month delving into Tuki changa, Venezeula’s home-grown ghetto house rave style. Tuki first appeared in the 80s/early 90s played on mobile sound systems or Minitecas that held battles frequented by legions of dancing waperos (apparently taken from a mispronunciation of the lyrics to Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam…) Since its appearance and subsequent popularisation through huge raves across Caracas, Tuki has divided Venezuelans with many associating the term (and music) with a sort of criminal underclass (something like the terms Naco in Mexico or Neds in Scotland…)
The music itself is to the floor 4×4 techno, sampling old hardcore-tech synths and pushing the beat up towards 140 BPM. Perhaps one of the genre’s nearest cousins is Angola’s Kuduro but the two styles evolved separately, thousands of miles apart. Much as Kuduro or Mexican 3Ball rhythms were picked up and shared around the world by the “global bass” community, Tuki also reached international dancefloors mainly thanks to the work of two Venezuelan DJs, Pacheko and Pocz and the support of Portuguese label Enchufada.
Though it has still yet to have the effect that Kuduro did (perhaps lacking a Don Omar appropriation?), Tuki is another strange example of music’s movement from one culture and back, interacting and evolving as it goes. Venezulean rave-techno pushing the tempo over 130BPM. Hopefully the documentary, released this month for free, will shine some light on the scene’s beginnings, its subsequent evolution and its polemic nature within Venezuela. Should be a good watch.
For more background on the scene, Clustermag has a good piece and keep an eye on the Abstractor Radio community. Meanwhile, watch out for Enchufada’s forthcoming release from Pocz and Pacheko and featuring Buraka Som Sistema and Tuki lord DJ Yirvin. Aand, for more Tuki changa/raptor house sounds, a couple of good mixtapes: