Few new artists have got me as excited as Angolan talent Pongo. Inspired by a vast array of singers and songwriters, including African artists Salif Keita, Don Caetano, Monike Seka and Bonga, along with Westerners like Grace Jones, Alicia Keys and Tina Turner, Pongo is making bold and exciting music that makes you want to get up and dance.
Incorporating African rhythms with modern electronica "Tambulaya" is the infectious first taste of Pongo's forthcoming debut Baia EP. The track is an explosion of upbeat melodies and pulsating percussion with Pongo singing over the infectious production in her native tongue. There's an unmistakable feeling of joy you get when listing to "Tambulaya," with the song made for shaking your ass on the dance floor.
The sense of fun the track gives off is reflected in the film clip, with Pongo commanding the dance floor and encouraging all to get down and dirty. Discussing the track Pongo said:
This track talks about the unexpected and funny meeting between a man and a woman made for each other, but somehow they don’t know it yet. In a bar, slightly drunk, they will confide to each other, go all-in and drink / have fun on the dancefloor… TAMBULA means TAKE! But also GIVE, OFFER.
The project has been produced by big names Raphaël d’Hervez (Pégase, Téléphone Rose) and Florent Livet (Bloc Party, Cassius, Phoenix), so anticipation for Baia is high.
The Baia EP is set for release this September.