Batida is the brainchild of Angolan / Portuguese DJ and producer Pedro Coquenão. He combines samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Music is the starting point for this wonderful project but through dance, graphics, photography, radio and video, Batida expands its scope, 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. His compositions are a reinterpretation of Angola’s musical past, bringing it firmly into the modern day.