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Official music video for the first single Pele
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  • artist:Batida
  • release year:2021
  • style(s):Hip Hop
  • country:Angola
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc), LP / Vinyl
  • record posted by:Crammed Discs
  • label:Crammed Discs
  • publisher:Les Éditions de la Bascule/Strictly Songs
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IKOQWE (pronounced ee-kok-weh) are a pair of fictional characters who, coming from a distant time and space, are confronted with today’s world. Their impressions are conveyed over the course of an exciting album which blends electronic music, hip hop and the sounds of ancestral instruments from Angola.

This is no coincidence: IKOQWE stems from the reunion of two old friends: both related to the Luanda music scene: ‘Coqwe’ is Pedro Coquenão, also known as Batida (the Angola-born, Lisbon-raised artist who ranks among the leading exponents of the new wave of African electronic music), while ’Iko’ is Luaty Beirão, aka Ikonoklasta, the Angolan rapper turned iconic activist.

IKOQWE’s inspiration comes from old school Hip Hop as much as from traditional Angolan music. Some of the tracks feature sounds from the rich archives of the International Library of African Music. IKOQWE obtained access to the archives, and sampled sounds taken from field recordings made in Angola by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey during the ‘50s. They mostly worked with recordings featuring ngomas, dikanzas and kissanges (thumb pianos), the emblematic instrument used all over Africa, whose popularity was bolstered in the Western music scenes by the spectacular advent of Konono N°1. We may remember that Konono N°1’s latest album was a collaboration with Batida, so this all makes perfect sense…