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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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The Angolan born musician Pedro Coquenão aka Batida grew up in the suburbs of Lisbon, where he developed a passion for listening to and buying records. But instead of becoming a musician he first pursued a Radio DJ career, where he founded a collective called Fazuma dedicated to promoting Afro-influenced music. The name Batida started as a radio programme and evolved to an album on Soundway Records. The programme is still on air on portugese national radio and in portugese speaking African countries.

Selected Discography
Batida - Batida (Soundway Records / 2012)
Batida - Alegria (Soundway Records / 2012)
Batida - Ngongo J'ami / Yumbala (Soundway Records / 2012)

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The fourth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration took the renowned Portugese producers Batida and Octa Push from Lisbon to Nairobi in April 2013, where they produced tracks together with Just A Band, Camp Mulla and Octopizzo among others. The exchange for Johannesburg was curated by Just A Band's Bill Sellanga and Berlin based musician Oren Gerlitz who facilitated the production phase.

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