Pongo’s ‘Tambulaya’ lifted from extended EP ‘Baia’ playlisted on 6Music5 July 2019
Hotly-tipped Angolan-Portuguese musician Pongo sees ‘Tambulaya’ added to the B-list on 6Music after continued spins for the track. Lifted from the extended release of her debut EP ‘Baia’, the radio recognition arrives just after an Anoraak remix of track ‘Quero Mais’, also from ‘Baia’, was dropped via Kitsune Musique. You can listen to Anoraak’s take on the track below:
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.
“Her invitation to the dance floor 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
“Summer in a song: the Portuguese-Angolan singer’s new track is lilting, squelchy, housey bliss” – Sunday Times
“The raw energy of Chora is matched by the eye-popping, mind-expanding video effects that make some pretty heavy nods to Salvador Dali and the Dadaist movement” – Complex
“A euphoric, lush listen” – gal-dem
“Artists like this is why the phrase One To Watch was established” – The AU Review
“Pongo is just getting started with her world domination, one single at a time” – Earmilk
“Decidedly upbeat, sleek and defiant Nialler 9Immersive, dancehall-flecked” – London In Stereo