Pongo shares new single ‘Quen Manda No Mic’, UK headline debut run this Nov18 November 2019
‘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
Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo has returned with single, ‘Quen Manda No Mic’, the first to be plucked from her forthcoming EP coming in early 2020 via Caroline International. Arriving ahead of Pongo’s first UK headline run – 5 dates across the country, including London’s Redon on Nov 27 – the track has already enjoyed spins from Lauren Laverne at 6Music and a premiere at Complex, which you can read below. ‘Quem Manda No Mic’ is the follow-up to debut EP ‘Baia’, a widely-praised first release which has since been streamed over 5 million times and counting, and garnering remixes from 20syl and Anoraak (issued via Kitsuné).
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”.
The single captured the attention of the eclectic ears and eyes at COLORS STUDIO, giving ‘Quen Manda No Mic’ a share here: https://colorsxstudios.com/music/pongo-quem-manda-no-mic/
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