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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » 2020 » February » 08

One to watch: Pongo

Delivered... Laura Snapes | Scene | Sat 8 Feb 2020 3:00 pm
The Lisbon-based musician’s bold take on Angolan kuduro and quickfire rap are infused with a true survivor’s energy

After a few years when pop was all about emotional bloodletting, now stars are refusing to be defined by trauma – see recent records by Kesha and Selena Gomez, which celebrated survival over suffering, and Frank Ocean’s promise that he’s trading vulnerability for fantasy.

Pongo, 27, mainlines a similar philosophy. As a child, she and her family fled Luanda for Lisbon to escape the Angolan civil war. In Portugal she experienced intense racism, and claimed that the police abused her when she made a domestic violence complaint. Despite these hardships, her music is defiantly joyful: “a place to be happy with my memories of Angola”, she has said.

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