Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Nov 15, 2011
    On Komba, their beats are deeper, darker, and more powerful than before, pointing the way towards a new direction for the band and, consequently, their audience.
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    It's all about the beats here. And they don't disappoint, nor do they let up, for the duration of the album.
  3. Jan 5, 2012
    At their best, mourning and dancing demand all our attention--a fact that Buraka Som Sistema realize, embrace and set to some hard-ass beats.
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    Buraka Som Sistema and its guests (including the Portuguese singer Sara Tavares, the Colombian band Bomba Estéreo and the Nigerian-English rapper Afrikan Boy) top them with sly, deadpan, polyglot vocals that cockily assume you'll be dancing.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    The album's tight production will draw you in and leave you dancing damp from sweat until the early hours of the morning.
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    Buraka assemble Jamaican dancehall, Brazilian favela beats, South African ghetto-tech, and video-game ear candy like colorful Lego blocks on an earthy yet impeccably crafted working-class fiesta for dance-floor zombies and vampires of all nations.
  7. 80
    Through its eleven songs Komba is exactly what we all need from time to time: a hopeful rejoicing in life itself.
  8. Dec 6, 2011
    There aren't quite as many standout tracks this time around, but there are no real low points to speak of, and there's plenty to enjoy, especially from a beat programming standpoint -- or, even more especially, from the center of a crowded, sweat-soaked dancefloor.
  9. Nov 15, 2011
    Komba, the band's third album, ups the techno factor from 2008's Black Diamond, pushing Buraka's infectious kuduro-samba-house-rave hybrid into shinier, more modernistic directions.
  10. 70
    Its mix of clanking rhythms, bleeps and whistles is certainly insistent, although it's the vocal tracks that stick.
  11. Jan 4, 2012
    With so much in the blender, it's a testament to BSS's production skills that tracks like this don't fly apart. But they do get muddled.
  12. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    Gleefully adulterated here with generous slugs of dubstep, dancehall, rock, R&B, baile funk and anything else that fits the fervent party mood. [Jan 2012, p.82]
  13. Nov 15, 2011
    Meh. It's alright, but I'm like... I'm like a bit bored, actually.

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