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).
Ile de La Réunion
Aucard de Tours
Nuits Zébrées / La Bellevilloise
Un Singe en Eté
Festival des 7 Collines
Festival Les Suds
La Mar de Musicas
Transbo Summer Sessions
Doue la Fontaine
Sala Blanca / Tonal Festival
Poetas Festival / La Casa Encendida
Nancy Jazz Pulsations
Fifty Fifty Lab
La Chapelle Sur Erdre
Cosmo Party / Gretchen Club
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.
Heavy French Touch
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.
Aucard de Tours
Graspop Meeting Festival
Saint Denis de Gastine
Au foin de la rue
Mad Cool Festival
Brutal Assault Festival
Photo Credits : David AD Photographies
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.
Le Transbordeur (Club)
Le Connexion Live