What joy it is to present PONGO as our first concert of this years’ first new festival edition of our festival. Let’s start it with a punch!
Pongo has already established herself as one of the foremost practitioners of the angolan club genre kuduro, a trans atlantic hybrid of hip hop, house, zouk and soko. She was only 15 years old when she made her record debut as a singer on the monster hit “Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)”, with the group Buraka Som Sistema. The songs have been played in clubs all over the world ever since.
After the success with Buraka Som Sistema, Pongo pursued her solo career. Around that time, the music scene in Lisbon went through a rapid transformation – it became dominated by music from the portuguese speaking parts of Africa. The city contains a mix of different postcolonial nationalities, and music from Angola, Guinea, Cape Verde and Mosambique. Today, this identity shapes the music scene in a way which seems unthinkable just a few years ago. Pongo imbues her music with music from her childhood in Angola, mixed with langa, zaïco, EDM, dancehall and tribal pop.
Her debut album came in 2019, with the critically acclaimed Baia. In 2020, she released the EP UWA. The banger “Bruxos” from 2021 was one of the highlight during last years concert at Oslo World, while her 2022 single “Doudou” offers lush melodies, hinting at new avenues for her to explore. We don’t invite artists back two years in a row that often, but this time we didn’t hesitate: More people deserve to see her. We are happy to present Pongo, not only at Driv in Tromsø, but on stage in Oslo, Bergen and Molde, as part of the Movement Network. It is going to get hot in Norway this November.