Batida is the stage name of Pedro Coquenão, an artist born in Angola and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal. His music mixes electronic with samples from the 60’s and 70’s angolan music.
Pedro likes music production as much as radio, video and documentary making, dance or creating his own masks. On his garage he is mostly alone creating but many of the tracks are made out of dialogues with other artists he loves. On stage he likes to be surrounded by other musicians, MC’s, dancers and video projections to help him represent each story. He works each individually, rehearsing drums on a special drum kit assembled by himself, developing choreography's with the dancers and creating moments for the MC’s. There is also own made artefacts and props on the show, and the songs are contextualized by hand picked archive or own filmed images for each song.
His name was inspired by the local pirate compilations that we can find on the streets of Luanda and its DIY spirit. Batida is also the name of Pedro’s Radio Show, broadcasted every week on Antena 3, Portuguese Nacional Radio and also RDP Africa, where he presents new african based or inspired electronic music.
His album "Dois" was released in 2014, again by Soundway Records. Inspired by the Lisbon multi-cultural synthesis and the artists he met over the last 2 years, as well by his return travels to Luanda and a very special experience in Nairobi for the 10 Cities project for the Goethe Institut. The record was produced in his own studio-garage and includes a new serie of collaborations with Spoek Mathambo, Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park) or François & The Atlas Moutains, among others. “Pobre e Rico”, with Angolan legend Matadidi, “Luxo” and “Tá Doce”, with Lisbon’s AF Diaphra – an artist also accompanied by Zutique Productions – were the first singles and videos to be released. The record reached #2 on the US New World CMJ.
Pedro is also the Co Productor of Konono Nº1 new album, with the band original producer Vincent Kenys, that has been released in April 2016. The band have been in Portugal to record new songs in his garage and together they played 2 shows where some roughs of the recording sessions were presented along two exclusive versions of "Bazuka” and "Cuka".
- New album"Konono N°1 meets Batida" on Crammed Discs - april 2016
- Video Before/After realised in Les 3 Eléphants festival
- Video of the Boiler Room in Lisbonne, january 2015
- Video of the Dj set in the Mellotron
- Batida remixes Heavy Seas of Love by Damon Albarn
- Interview of Batida on Redbull.com
- Video of the Dj Set of Batida for the Boiler Room in London, december 2012
- "L'album à écouter en 2012" according to Gilles Peterson
- Questlove (The Roots) describes Batida as "Remarkable" !
"It may well be a game-changing 21st century electronic African Dance Album", Songlines
“Slippery guitars of classic African dance-band music and a touch of pumping super-modern bass”, The Telegraph
“Irresistibly cheering”, Financial Times
"Tastefully references what came before", BBC
“C’est un tourbillon, un vent fou!” Le Monde
“Un show complètement hors formats, classe et fascinant, du début à la fin” Les Inrockuptibles
“Au rayon claque, Batida. (…) avec un live déjanté, mélange de kuduro revisité, de samples de morceaux angolais des années 70, de semba et d’électro” Tsugi.fr
“On retiendra particulièrement le puissant show des lisboètes de Batida” Novaplanet
“Impossible de ne pas se déhancher (…) Ses morceaux sont gorgés de soleil.” 20 Minutes
“Un excellent cocktail d’afro-house pour un concert qui sera remuant.” Médiapart
“Au-delà des classements et de l’étiquetage, une intention double au cœur des musiques de BATIDA : “ Qu'elles soient dansantes, Qu'elles soient honnêtes et libres aussi” France Culture
Festival Les Suds (Arles, FR), Festival les Eurockéennes (Belfort, FR), Roskilde festival (DK), Glastonbury festival (UK), Dour festival (BE), Summer Stage Central Park NY (USA), Music Meeting (NL), Super Bock Super Rock (PT), Tribu Festival (Dijon, FR), Babel Med (Marseille, FR), Les Nuits Sonores (Lyon, FR), Coconut Festival (Saintes, FR), Festival Rio Loco (Toulouse, FR), Festival Chorus (Paris, FR), Festival Les 3 Elephants (Laval, FR), Boiler Room (Gaïté Lyrique – Paris, FR / London, UK / Berlin, DE), Eurosonic (NL), WOMAD (UK), Fusion (DE), Pirineos Sur (SP), Festival Africolor (Montreuil, FR),...
Batida : laptop, video, wavedrum, kissange, dikanza, vocals
+ guests (dance, MC, drums, bass)
Available on request
24/09 : Konono N°1 Meets Batida - Festival île de France, La Ferme du Buisson, Paris
29/09 : Konono N°1 Meets Batida - Le Trabendo, Paris
30/09 : Konono N°1 Meets Batida - La Sirène, la Rochelle
02/10 : Batida for kids "Une petite histoire de rythmes" - Tribu Festival, Dijon
Élise Rimbault and Frédéric Ménard