Listen to Pongo’s ‘Quem Manda No Mic’, new EP due out February 7th24 September 2019
“Blending her penchant for dancehall and Kuduro she’s proving herself as one of the most inventive and exciting performers around right now.” NME
“An eclectic mix of sounds and genres that defies classification.” The Line of Best Fit
“Pongo unleashes a thunderstorm.” Complex
“The emphatic new single is yet another delectable slice of the artist’s genre-bending sounds.” Colors
Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo has shared ‘Quem Manda No Mic’, the first single to emerge from a forthcoming new EP, titled ‘Uwa’, that’s due to be released February 7th 2020. Issued via Caroline International, the track – currently playlisted by 6Music – arrived ahead of Pongo’s first run of UK headline tour dates, a string of 5 shows including London’s Redon, which looked a little like this. The ‘Uwa’ EP is the follow-up to Pongo’s 6Music-supported debut EP ‘Baia’, which has since been streamed over 5 million times and counting, also spawning remixes from 20syl and Anoraak (issued via Kitsuné). You can watch the video for ‘Quem Manda No Mic’ below.
Announcing itself with the blistering siren call that trails its breathless 3 minute span, ‘Quem Manda No Mic’ pitches Pongo’s precision flow – by turns both glinting and gutsy – atop swaying, pacey kuduro beats which share as much with hip hop & rave as they do soca & samba. The track teems with the no-nonsense sass of the Lisbon-based singer & rapper – ‘I drag crowds with the power of a Cadillac / Follow my pace, be sensible come by taxi’ – with a looped chorus at its centre as infectiously insistent as ‘Who rules the mic? Pongo!’. Speaking about ‘Quem Manda No Mic’, Pongo says; “This song is part of my life. It tells my story, how everything started in music, what effects early success had on me, all that I understand from this environment. All the good & bad of this period that finally made me stronger, allowing me to continue my journey, the one of a girl who has something to say”.