BATIDA oil can, dikanza, synths, vocals
FILIPE CHAVES drums
LEON BRICHARD bass
CATARINA LIMÃO back vocals, percussions
MARY FELICIANO dancer
BERNARDINO TAVARES dancer
Batida is the stage name of Pedro Coquenão, a radio, video and music producer born in Angola and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon. A distinctly modern and vibrant project with its feet firmly rooted in the past, Batida combine samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Music is the starting point but through dance, graphics, photography and video, Batida expands, taking in politics and social commentary but always bringing it back to the party. Whereas nearly all of kuduro (Angolan electronic music) has no links with its country’s musical heritage, it is deeply engrained in Batida’s music. Batida is a reinterpretation of Angola’s musical past, bringing it firmly into the modern day. Batida’s high energy live show features dancers, percussionists, visuals and images of Angolan streets, war and fragments of tribal life. The latest album “Dois” (2014) is inspired by the Lisbon’s multi-cultural synthesis and the artsts Batida met over the past years, as well as by his return travels to Luanda and a special experience in Nairobi.
28 May • MKC Dancing Hall, 00:45