Strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenï¿½o!Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, ï¿½Doisï¿½ was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period.
In 2012 Batidaï¿½s explosive self-titled debut came out on Soundway Records. Mixing the syncopated rhythms of Kuduro with elements of 1970s Semba and Congolese-influenced guitar licks, Pedro Coquenï¿½o won fans for an album that ï¿½demanded movementï¿½ (The Line of Best Fit) and ï¿½gave a view of the old and new, the West and Africa.ï¿½ (The Guardian)
Much of the remix and sampling spirit from the first record remains but ï¿½Doisï¿½ also features live instrumentation along with a host of different guests.
English, Portuguese, Quimbundo and Zulu languages all feature on ï¿½Luxoï¿½ with Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote and a guitar riff by Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park). On 'Cï¿½u' Coquenï¿½o pushes things in a deeper direction, dis-assembling and reforming elements of the Francois & The Atlas Mountains studio sessions of the track 'Les Plus Beaux' .