Pongo

Kuduro

Bio.

Luanda. End of the 90s. The Angolans were trying to forget, as best they could, the civil war that was devastating their country. On Sunday, in the Cuca neighbourhood, a dance competition took place. A girl attended the show, fascinated. Her name is Pongo, she was 8 years old. Amidst the cheers of the crowd, a man feverishly danced Semba and Kizomba’s steps. It was her father. This image will remain with her forever. From her native Africa, she set aside the chaos and kept close to her heart the fragrances, colours and endless games with her sisters. But above all the sounds, vibrations and omnipresent songs, those cheerful bubbles that brought rhythm to her childhood, she who had started to dance before she knew how to walk.

Violence and fear will ultimately defeat innocence. Exile was inevitable for Pongo and her family. Europe, Lisbon. Pongo discovered a new world. A new light. But also uprooting, difference, the cruelty of other children. She remained silent and observed. Music returned and with it her hope. First at church, where she sang with great pleasure. Then as a teenager, on her way to school. The boys would hang out near Queluz Station. They sang, danced and tried to attract the girls’ attention. They had a group: the ‘Denon Squad’. Evidently, naturally, Pongo joined them. Initially as a dancer, later behind the microphone at her first neighbourhood concerts. She grew up, discovered the nightlife and it was always with the same imprudence that she penetrated the Lisbon Kuduro scene. Her made her first recordings in studio. She enjoyed this environment and realized that she had to follow the path that music was taking her down. Buraka Som Sistema discovered her and asked her to join them on stage for a mythical concert at Music Box in the Cais de Sodré district. She shone, burning with talent and energy and made, the very next day, her debut on the social media networks. The received her first compliments, the way friends looked at her changed and everything took off very quickly. She accompanied the group on a tour where they played the planet’s largest cities and festivals. Pongo took off, feeling that everything was possible from then on. Today, the little girl from Cuca is twenty-five years old. Diva of a mestizo and progressive Kuduro, she writes and interprets her own songs. Pongo incarnates the renewal of the genre, mixing the combination of her African roots, langa, zaïco, with EDM, bass music, dancehall and tribal pop. Her powerful, rhythmic but equally fragile and sensitive voice draws us into her universe, to the confines of dance and saudades. Where no one has ever taken us before. For her EP, she worked with Raphaël d’Hervez (Pégase, Minitel Rose) AND Florent Livet (Bloc Party, Cassius, Phoenix).

Medias.

On Tour.

Ile de La Réunion

(Fr)

Sakifo Festival

07/06/2019

Tours

(Fr)

Aucard de Tours

09/06/2019

Paris

(Fr)

Nuits Zébrées / La Bellevilloise

28/06/2019

Mayenne

(Fr)

Un Singe en Eté

29/06/2019

Clermont Ferrand

(Fr)

Europavox

30/06/2019

St Etienne

(Fr)

Festival des 7 Collines

05/07/2019

Arles

(Fr)

Festival Les Suds

11/07/2019

Carthagene

(Sp)

La Mar de Musicas

19/07/2019

Nyon

(Ch)

Paleo Festival

24/07/2019

Lyon

(Fr)

Transbo Summer Sessions

25/07/2019

Doue la Fontaine

(Fr)

Track’n’art

26/07/2019

Saint Nazaire

(Fr)

Les Escales

27/07/2019

Marseille

(Fr)

Musée

01/08/2019

Brussels

(Be)

Esperanzah

03/08/2019

Northamptonshire

(Uk)

Shambala Festival

23/08/2019

Hédé-Bazouges

(Fr)

Festival Bonus

24/08/2019

Besançon

(Fr)

Festival Détonation

27/09/2019

Valladolid

(Sp)

Sala Blanca / Tonal Festival

11/10/2019

Madrid

(Sp)

Poetas Festival / La Casa Encendida

12/10/2019

Alicante

(Sp)

Atiende, Alicante

13/10/2019

Grenoble

(Fr)

Holocène Festival

18/10/2019

Nancy

(Fr)

Nancy Jazz Pulsations

19/10/2019

Brussels

(Be)

Fifty Fifty Lab

08/11/2019

Amiens

(Fr)

Le Safran

12/11/2019

Genève

(CH)

Les Créatives

22/11/2019

La Chapelle Sur Erdre

(Fr)

LeJam

23/11/2019

London

(UK)

Redon

27/11/2019

Manchester

(UK)

Soup Kitchen

28/11/2019

Leeds

(UK)

Headrow House

29/11/2019

Glasgow

(UK)

Stereo

30/11/2019

Edinburgh

(UK)

Mash House

01/12/2019

Berlin

(D)

Cosmo Party / Gretchen Club

07/12/2019

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KillASon

Hip-Hop

Bio.

Marcus "KillASon" Dossavi-Gourdot is a French singer/rapper/dancer/beatmaker raised around hip-hop culture. Throughout his childhood, his love for music and dance led him so that he quickly realized Hip - Hop was life. Now member of the prominent crews Wanted Posse and Undercover, KillASon takes part in worldwide dance competitions and performs across France with his music.

Medias.

On Tour.

upcoming

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Carpenter Brut

Heavy French Touch

Bio.

Carpenter Brut is the hottest synthwave, darksynth act yet. He released Trilogy in 2015, his tracks features on Hotline Miami 2 and the Crew amongst others and released in 2018 Leater Teeth. A first LP. A really short one : 32 minutes. « 8 tracks, like all the good old metal albums. People can listen to it over and over again if they feel this is too short.” Carpenter Brut will present his new album throughout the year around the globe with appearences at world famous stages like Coachella (USA), Osheaga (Canada), Primavera Sound (Spain), and internationaly known venues Olympia (Paris), Koko (London), Irving Plaza (New York City), etc.

Medias.

On Tour.

Tours

(Fr)

Aucard de Tours

05/06/2019

Dessel

(Be)

Graspop Meeting Festival

21/06/2019

Roskilde

(Dk)

Roskilde Festival

03/07/2019

Saint Denis de Gastine

(Fr)

Au foin de la rue

05/07/2019

Madrid

(Sp)

Mad Cool Festival

13/07/2019

Jaromez

(Cz)

Brutal Assault Festival

08/08/2019

Bristol

(Uk)

ArcTenGent Festival

15/08/2019

Trondheim

(Nw)

Pstereo Festival

17/08/2019

Saint Nolff

(Fr)

Motocultor Festival

18/08/2019

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Photo Credits : David AD Photographies

The Pirouettes

French Pop

Bio.

A handful of tunes knocked up after classes, a few songs borrowed from France Gall, little electro hits mustered on two EP (Pirouettes, 2012, L’importance des autres, 2014), the complicity of Etienne Daho and the attachment of an ultra-faithful group of followers, finely polished videoclips, a photo session in L.A. with Hedi Slimane, and, to top it all: Carrément Carrément, their first album, self-produced and highly praised (Kidderminster, 2016).

At the core are Leo and Vickie, a duo of gifted lovers who have come to be within a few years one of the most endearing representatives of today’s french pop scene, namely: The Pirouettes. Their love story started with a song. And ever since has never refrained from staging itself, and veiling itself, and then baring itself : the Pirouettes have become masters of that subtle art of speaking genuinely of our inner selves by telling us their own very story, thus always balancing between intimate and universal matters.

Indeed, standing in the open like that, you put yourself at risk. You tend to be labelled with all sorts of things that would choke you up in the end. Leo and Vickie saw through it, and they quickly freed themselves from that sticky 80’s nostalgia. Bearing this in mind, that internet generation model couple has chosen to come back- and also herald what will be next- with a song of confession (on a misty instrumental production by Lewis OfMan), that calls up the fragility of love: Tu peux compter sur moi. As if, by singing the crannies cracking the surface and letting see the doubt and the frailty, the Pirouettes aimed to go still farther in their will to thwart the expected and the obvious, and surprise, while never renouncing the pop music immediacy.

Having just completed a tour that has led them throughout France and Belgium, but also to New York and Montreal, plus the ultimate touch in Paris, where they brought La Cigale down, the duo have already unveiled a few songs of their 2nd album -due next fall- i.e.: Monopolis.

The Pirouettes chose to settle in this fictional capital city of the western world, imagined by Michel Berger in the Starmania musical, to write their second LP: an album they present as more storytelling oriented, filled with love affairs, secret diary pages, and even... an oriental tale. Stories that allow for a decentred outlook, as a mean for new perspectives, which also has its musical counterpart, as the duo chose to collaborate with fellow musicians (Dodi El Sherbini, Lewis OfMan, Krampf, Vaati to name a few) for the composition of several songs. This was a way to keep things fresh and new of course, but also to always push them up ahead, in order to stay on top of the competition.

Medias.

On Tour.

Lyon

(Fr)

Le Transbordeur (Club)

09/11/2019

Colmar

(Fr)

Le Grillen

20/11/2019

Brest

(Fr)

Le Vauban

27/11/2019

Nantes

(Fr)

Le Ferrailleur

28/11/2019

Rennes

(Fr)

1988 Club

29/11/2019

Lille

(Fr)

Le Splendid

10/12/2019

Le Mans

(Fr)

Les Saulnières

12/12/2019

Toulouse

(Fr)

Le Connexion Live

14/12/2019

Paris

(Fr)

La Maroquinerie

16/12/2019

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FORM

o

Bio.

3 bodies, 1 soul.

After their first EP, a handful of gigs all over France, the final of Ricard SA Live prize, FORM is back with C.W.T, second EP and first opus of a band that time quickly weld.

After meeting one another through the collective Akousmatic and having the opportunity to open for bands like Jungle, Fakear or Thylacine, share the stages of festivals like the MaMA Festival or Rock en Seine, the chemistry between the three guys of FORM quickly grown and eventually gave birth to the band. FORM is defined by its music, universal catalyser beyond words and sight. Led by Hausmane’s mystic and solemn voice, Adrien’s ethereal synths and Aksel’s incisive percussions, the synergy of those three boys carries us deep into an intense and epic trip, a communion crystallised by the desire to live.


« Feeling alive is a necessity, not an ideal »


With C.W.T (It Comes With The Territory), FORM opens up and give us their sincere thoughts on the beauty of the fight we all go through for life. It’s inside this musical project that those three bodies eventually started to become a single soul. Within the good and the bad times, within the exaltation of success and the pain of sacrifice. All these thoughts and intense moments for one simple goal: to feel as free as ever. And as alive as we should. Being born in a very influenced generation, the three musicians logically articulate several influences (techno, pop, soul, ambient, even hip hop..) around the enchanting voice of their singer.

Epic and Intimate at the same time, FORM creates its balance between sensual groove (Trigger, Drifting), drums and rhythms empowered by compounded bass lines (Mirrors, White Flag, Alive), and aerial confidences followed by epic lyrical surges (Waterfall), not to mention an organic sincerity (Fucks On Zero), symbol of a tangible sensitivity felt through the whole EP.

C.W.T witnesses the difficulties of life and all the way the band came. But it also sketches the shapes of a new future they will build on solid grounds with this EP, reinforced on the road within the end of the year. From euphorical happiness to deep stressful moments, it just all comes with the territory, doesn’t it?

Medias.

On Tour.

PARIS (75)

(Fr)

RICARD LIVE MUSIC / HASARD LUDIQUE

11/10/2019

PARIS (75)

(Fr)

RICARD LIVE MUSIC / MAROQUINERIE

25/10/2019

PARIS (75)

(Fr)

RELEASE PARTY / POINT EPHÉMÈRE

10/12/2019

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