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Pongo x “Uwa” Video

Angolan-Portuguese singer/rapper’s new EP ‘Uwa’ (out now on Caroline Intl) – arrives just ahead of her headline shows booked for next month.

Watch the ‘Uwa’ video HERE
Stream the ‘Uwa’ EP HERE


Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo today releases the new video for her latest, 6Music play-listed single ‘Uwa’, the title track from her widely-praised new EP, out now via Caroline International. The new video – directed by French photographer Lou Escobar – arrives on the eve of Pongo’s appearance at this year’s 6Music Festival, where she will perform at London’s Dingwalls alongside Holy F and Ghum on March 5, 2020. The festival appearance will precede a second run of UK headline shows from Pongo, including her largest London gig to date, at EartH Hackney on April 18, 2020.

Escobar’s directorial debut, the vibrant, choreography-led video for ‘Uwa’ was filmed on location in Dakar. Poignantly for Pongo, the shoot marked the first time she’d returned to Africa since fleeing Anogla with her family as a child, to escape the country’s civil war. ‘Uwa’ itself takes its name from a word in Angola’s traditional language of Kimbundo meaning ‘step’. Used in the games of dodgeball played by children in the streets of Pongo’s Angolan hometown of Luanda, on ‘Uwa’ Pongo interpolates this nostalgia with the pulsating rhythms of the Kuduro genre to infectious effect.

The ‘Uwa’ EP – also featuring 6Music & 1Xtra-supported single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’ – follows Pongo’s debut EP ‘Baia’, which has been streamed over 6 million times and counting, also spawning remixes from 20syl and Anoraak (the latter issued via Kitsuné). It’s the latest chapter in an again-the-odds trajectory that has seen Lisbon-based Pongo struggle with various personal upheavals. Settling with her family – aged just 8 – in Portugal in a city just north of Lisbon with a very small African-immigrant population, she experienced prolonged racist abuse whilst completing her schooling in the area. Already seeking solace from a disturbing present tense by retreating into the music, dance & slang words of her former life in Luanda, Pongo’s route to becoming one of Kuduro’s fastest-rising young stars was completed when she encountered the Denon Squad, a group of boys practicing kuduro dance on the streets of one of Lisbon’s largest African communities. Soon rapping over their routines – in defiance of her father, himself a kuduro dancer back in Angola – a tape of Pongo’s recordings made its way into the hands of Lisbon-based club night turned kuduro collective Buraka Som Sistema. Aged just 15, Pongo (taking her artist name in tribute to feminist Congolese singer, M’Pongo Love) then went on to make her debut on their ‘Black Diamond’ album, alongside the likes of M.I.A. and Kano.

5 March LONDON – Dingwalls 6Music Festival
15 April NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre
16 April BRISTOL – Jam Jar
17 April BRIGHTON – Patterns
18 April LONDON – EartH Hackney

In the Press
“An aural Vitamin D shot” – Guardian
“In a pretty hopeless era, her imminent breakout looks perfectly timed” – Observer One To Watch
“Pongo’s songs are a punchy, self-assured take on the musical style known as Kuduro, blending frenetic African rhythms with blaring techno beats and rapping” – New York Times
“Bold super-positive pop” – Metro Sounds of 2020
“Her invitation to the dancefloor is easy to accept” – Pitchfork
“Blending her penchant for dancehall and Kuduro she’s proving herself as one of the most inventive and exciting performers around right now” – NME
“100 Essential New Artists,” “Multi-disciplined artist Pongo has a rich cocktail of musical cultures behind her” – Complex
“An eclectic mix of sounds and genres that defies classification” – The Line of Best Fit
“Wastes no time in kicking into high gear” – The Fader
“Charismatic & eclectic to the bare bone, Pongo is the name circulating on everyone’s lips.” – Clash
“African rhythms melding upbeat electronic sounds and Pongo’s lush vocals” Indie Shuffle
“A thrilling, hands-in-the-air invocation” – the Quietus
“The concept is Pongo’s most raw and honest” – Mixmag
“Pongo’s music is a carnival celebration of belonging” – Dork


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ComplexCon Returns




Pre-Sale Tickets Are Available Friday, July 20 For Groundbreaking Festival that Mixes Music, Art, Fashion, Innovation and Food into Powerful Enriching Experiences

ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of visionary pop culture enthusiasts, returns for its third annual event on November 3-4, 2018, in Long Beach, California for a weekend of exclusive sneaker drops, musical performances, bleeding edge streetwear, and fashion, and the return of ComplexCon(versations) bringing together icons, influencers and celebrity speakers.Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami return as host committee chairs again this year. Additional host committee members, panel discussions, performance line-ups, programming and activations will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited supply of pre-sale tickets for the festival are on sale Friday, July 20 at 3 pm Eastern/12pm Pacific at

The two-day festival is the epicenter for tens of thousands of the most active, influential and engaged individuals in the world. ComplexCon mixes concert performances, retail pop-up shops, in-depth panels and conversations, art, food, brand activations, interactive technology and much more into a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together creators and audiences to celebrate culture, spark creativity, and forge new collaborations.

This year, ComplexCon is focusing on the enlightenment and empowerment of the individual, reflecting the issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics. ComplexCon unveiled a new logo, which incorporates Murakami’s modern interpretation of the ensō, an ancient zen symbol that represents the cycle of all creativity and life, from chaos to growth to enlightenment.

“There is a cycle to everything – art, culture, design, life – it’s always moving from present to future. ComplexCon has this cycle, where so many ideas are swirling, the atmosphere is charged with potential and from that energy, amazing ideas, new interpretations, and collaborations are formed and the cycle continues,” said Takashi Murakami. “There is chaos in the world right now but also an incredible movement of young people rising up to create something better and from that energy new ideas and movements are forming ripples through everything in culture. It was important to embrace this at ComplexCon this year.”

Fans told us and we listened! This year, ComplexCon is catering to fans with bigger, bolder, better experiences and activations. This third annual festival and exhibition will feature even more panels and speakers as part of the popular ComplexCon(versations) track in which today’s most significant cultural figures tackle the most important topics of our times. Also new for this year, the Pigeons & Planes Stage is moving into the larger arena space so fans can be fully immersed in the musical experience. The ComplexCon footprint is also expanding this year as we take over the Rainbow Lagoon next to the Long Beach Convention Center for an elevated food court hosted by First We Feast.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets for ComplexCon are available on Friday, July 20th at 12pm PST, or while supplies last, for our most passionate attendees to secure their spot early. The tickets give attendees access to brands and organizations on the show floor, panels and discussions, daytime performances, merchandise and shops, food trucks, and more. A very limited number of VIP packages are available again this year, giving fans early access to ComplexCon to shop first, a special concert viewing area, VIP lines for entry into the festival, select booths, food trucks and exhibits and more.

Pre-Sale Packages include*:

Saturday 1-Day Ticket $55
Sunday 1-Day Ticket $55
2-Day Tickets $90
VIP Package $300

(*ticket prices do not include fees.)

Launched in 2016 by Complex Networks and ReedPOP, the two-day event has become a must-attend for fans, brands and cultural icons. Last year over 50,000 fans, 200 leading cultural figures converged for the two-day festival including performances from N*E*R*D*, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., Young Thug, DJ Khaled, SuperDuperKyle, A$AP Ferg, Jaden Smith, Virgil Abloh, iamOTHER: #BeGreat Party ft. Kap G X Bia X WatchtheDuck, Ski Mask The Slump God; exclusive retails experience fromPuma, Colette, Billionaire Boys Club, Human Made, Union Los Angeles, Modernica, Off-White, Nike, Undefeated, Concepts, RSVP Gallery, New Balance, Pintrill, Adidas andClot; and cultural icons Andre 3000, Cam’ron, Chelsea Handler, Lavar Ball, Don C, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jerry Lorenzo, Rick Ross, Roy Choi, Wale and more leaders.