To get us ready for his free performance at the David Rubenstein Atrium on December 29, electronic music artist Batida shares a selection of musical monologues and dialogues between Angola, where he was born, and Portugal, where he is based.

“Mona Ki Ngi Xica” by Bonga

I grew up watching Bonga on TV. He was like an Angolan superhero, though he spends most of his time in Lisbon and Paris, where his work has earned due praise. I rediscovered his first recordings later and this is one of my Bonga favorites. If you want to start with one album of Angolan music, 1972 is my pick. 

“É Dreada Ser Angolano” by Conjunto Ngonguenha

This group features two of my favorite rappers from Angola: Ikonoklasta and MCK, as well as Conductor, a very influential Angolan hip-hop beat-maker, creating a bridge between the golden era and the present. It was made between Queluz (outside Lisbon) and Luanda. If you want to know Angolan hip-hop, this is the best way to start.

“Tecnologia do Ancião” by Nástio Mosquito

I saw him in Lisbon many years ago and was immediately caught by his performance skills and energy. This is just my way of getting his name in there. You can find him traveling around the world using many art forms as his very own form of expression. One of a kind.

“Atrás do Prejuízo” by MCK

A fan was killed by the presidential guard just because he was singing one of MCK’s tracks on the street. That is how strong his lyrics are and how weak democracy is in Angola. On this one he describes a normal day in his life.

“Reserva Pra Dois” by Branko 

A dialogue between Buraka Som Sistema’s producer and Mayra Andrade, one of the most talented singers from Cape Verde. A good example of pop music made in town.

“Gaia Cosmica” by Octa Push 

Two brothers who assume their African influences on every track they do. Here they get together with Cape Verdean singer Cachupa Psicadélica to make my favorite track of the year. 

“Temedo” from the Ten Cities Project

A very interesting project promoted by the Goethe-Institut, putting artists from two cities together to make music. Here you have producers from Naples meeting MC Sacerdote, from Luanda, and DJ Satelite, now living in Lisbon. Together they created something new to my ears.

“Mahala” by Cacique ’97

Based between Lisbon and Maputo, this is a collective that creates its own take on a Lusophone version of Afrobeat. This one features Azagaia, an essential MC from Mozambique. The album was just released this month.

“Social Insecurity” by Terrakota

This band fuses all the geographical influences we have in Lisbon. On this one, the focus is Afrobeat featuring Selma Uamusse, a great Mozambican singer also living in Lisbon, like most artists on this list.

“A Conspiração dos Moskitos Inofensivos” by Ikonoklasta

It was because of this track that I met one of my best friends. His name got more known through a very unfortunate episode called #angola17 that you can learn more about on the Amnesty International website.

“Pobre e Rico” by Batida

This track is based on a movie about Angola in the ’70s, directed by Sarah Maldoror, where the protagonist says: "There is no black, white, or mulatto. What we have is poor and rich.” Things are never so simplistic but sometimes you have to commit with short statements. Moving the skin color discussion to a social status dimension is still relevant. I made it with the participation of Matadidi Mário, an Angolan legend.

“Hwwambo” by DJ Nigga-Fox

My favorite new-school producer in Lisbon. Here he pays tribute to our common birthplace: Huambo, Angola.

“Todo O Fado É Vadio” by Alexandre Francisco Diaphra 

Even though it's not available in Spotify, I had to have fado on the list. Alexandre Francisco Diaphra is a Lisbon-based, Bissau-Guinean multimedia artist and one of the most talented artists in town when talking about fado.

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About the curator
Born in Huambo, Angola, and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, Pedro Coquenão (a.k.a. Batida) is known on the electronic music circuit (Glastonbury, Roskilde, WOMAD) for his thrilling live shows that seamlessly integrate African rhythms, electronic dance music, choreography, video, and handmade props.