Q&A with Batida
Lisbon based Batida (AKA Pedro Coquenão) is back with his Afro-house inspired single ‘Pobre e Rico’. Taken from his upcoming album ‘Dois’, the single features samples from a rare Afrobeat groove by Angolan legend Matadidi Mário and lines from the first Angolan movie made back in the 1970s.
In 2012 Batida’s explosive self-titled debut came out on Soundway Records. Mixing the syncopated rhythms of Kuduro with elements of 1970s Semba, Pedro Coquenão won fans for an album that “demanded movement” (The Line of Best Fit) and “gave a view of the old and new, the West and Africa.” (The Guardian)
Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, the new album ‘Dois’ is released through Soundway Records. Recorded in his own garagestudio over a two-year period, ‘Dois’ features a host of special guests including Spoek Mathambo and Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park). Get it on iTunes!
- Where do you feel at home?
Lisbon. Alentejo Coast in Portugal. Luanda. Cape Town.
- Where would you like to travel next?
To South Africa to have a proper holiday. To Namibe in Angola to get to know what my mother describes as being the most beautiful place of her youth memories. Anywhere I could watch Aurora Boreal.
- What’s your favorite party spot?
At this time, on stage. Anywhere. On a beach with friends at night. But if I had to choose one more formal dancefloor I would pick a Body & Soul party where I was once in NYC. It brought me back to a classic Paradise Garage night as it is narrated by who really experienced it but not in a Nostalgic way. Uplifting, not only through the most spiritual vibe but also bringing the nicest party mood possible. All this with a special care on sound. So your Body & Soul are well taken care with music there. Do they still do it?