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by Batida

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Pele 02:59
Escuta Ikoqwe A pele… Refrão: A pele é pra lhe sentir a pele é pra lhe tocar Ikoqwe apela a ti à pele aprender a amar (2x) A pele é pra sentir não é pra ver mais do que ouvir é p’absorver cada estalido cada nota produzida A pele é alcalina tem magia pois te livra de malignas células cancerígenas Não pela melanina pois de bichos é extorquida e curtida ressequida estica-estica e lá se afina. Pele estala pé embala num instante voa livre a alma peito em brasa mente descontrola Aceita o transe é bom da pele o som revela o dom de gente com talento e vontade de mudar esta porra! ‘inda que seja inconsciente nunca é inconsequente Zuma sempre conducente a uma elevação da mente Tufas! E tu não refutas E apesar da insanidade que perdura da encapotada censura o que se faz com amor apura sempre uma porção da cura E tu não refutas Na ponta dos dedos na palma da mão dissipam-se os medos e a aproximação vem naturalmente sem imposição e quem era diferente agora é irmão (quem era diferente agora é irmão) Refrão ___ (Chorus) Skin The skin is to be felt The skin is to be touched Ikoqwe urges you Just fall in love with it (2x) You should feel the skin Not stare at it More than just listening You ought to imbibe each snap Each musical note it utters The skin is alkaline, Somewhat magical It rids you of cancer cells Little to do with melanin For this skin is exacted from animalia Tanned, Scorched, Stretched once and again And it’s finally tuned The skin resounds Your feet bounce In the blink of an eye Your soul flies free Your chest pounds Your mind discombobulates You’re in trance, Enjoy it! The skin sponsors the unveiling Of your gifts and talents To make the world a better place Even when done unmindfully It’s never inconsequential Fazuma is always conducive To the upliftment of the mind Bam! Don’t you dare to rebut And despite the enduring insanity The covert censorship When you pour your heart into it Part of the cure ensues Don’t you dare to rebut At the tip of your fingers At the palm of your hand Fear is dispelled Togetherness comes naturally No need to enforce it And the one who was “different” Is now your sibling. (Chorus)


“Pele” (‘skin’) is the first single off the forthcoming debut album by IKOQWE (pronounced ee-kok-weh), a new project by Batida (the Angola-born, Lisbon-raised artist who ranks among the leading exponents of the new wave of African electronic music), and 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. The album (entitled “The Beginning, the Medium, the End and the Infinite” and due for release on March 5, 2021) includes drum machines, vocals in Angolan slang, Umbundu, Portuguese & English, discussions about neocolonialism, iniquities & falsified history, radio sounds, utopian solutions, and much more.

“Pele” is a 3-track single, containing the album version, and remixes by afro house legend Boddhi Satva and by UK ‘disco noir’ band MADMADMAD. A Pele music video will also be released, including some footage from IKOQWE’s first live performance.


released January 22, 2021


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Batida Lisbon, Portugal

My name is Pedro Coquenão, I was born in Huambo, Angola and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal. I have been creating and interacting with music, dance, visual, plastic and radio arts under the name Batida. It means beat in Portuguese and it relates to Luanda dance/music culture.

“It’s just on another level” Gilles Peterson BBC6 👹
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