Pongo releases extended version of EP ‘Baia’, leading with video for new single ‘Chora’

Hotly-tipped Angolan-Portuguese musician Pongo issues an expanded release of her debut EP ‘Baia’ with new track and video ‘Chora’. The paradisiacal visuals arrive alongside 6 music support for track Tambulaya & just after an Anoraak remix of Quero Mais via Kitsune Musique.

Originally hailing from Angola’s capital city of Luanda, as a kid Pongo was forced to flee to Europe with her family to escape its lengthy and violent civil war. Eventually settling in Lisbon, her turbulent experiences are borne out across the ‘Baia’ EP, a gutsy debut which blends Portuguese lyrics with nods to the Angolan genre of Kiduro – a hybrid which assimilates soca and samba – alongside a fondness for more western touchstones like techno & bass music. The immersive, Dancehall-flecked ‘Chora’ – taking its title from the Portuguese word for ‘cry’ – itself rides atop crisp bursts of steel drum and snares, which ebb & flow beneath a smoothly assured vocal.

You can stream the new version of ‘Baia’ here and catch the video for ‘Chora’ below.

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Her invitation to the dancefloor is easy to accept Pitchfork
An eclectic mix of sounds and genres that defies classification The Line of Best Fit
Wastes no time in kicking into high gear The Fader
African rhythms melding upbeat electronic sounds and Pongo’s lush vocals Indie Shuffle

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