“Batida is Pedro Coquenão and Pedro Coquenão is Batida. There are moments where it’s just him in front of a big crowd, and there are others where Batida is a mutant body, with more musicians, images and people masked that sing and dance on stage. Present is always a sound that is connected to Pedro’s Angolan roots. A sound that investigates the electric past of a country, transformed in an electronic present, molded to the scale of global dance floors.” (Rui Miguel Abreu - in Blitz, Portugal 15)
Born in Huambo, Angola, grew up in the suburbs of Lisbon and has divided his life between radio, video and, lately, music production, where he adopted the Batida alias.
After a national edition in 2009, in 2012 he was chosen as the first new artist for the referential British label Soundway Records, winning praise in national and international media. "It may well be a disc that changes the African electronic scene in the XXI century." said the Songlines, Gilles Peterson pointed on BBC as the record to be heard in that year and the national Portuguese newspaper Público called it "a genius idea".
Batida’s premiere in one of the biggest Portuguese music festivals, NOS Alive, in 2015, earned him the title of the best of that edition and of that summer in Europe by the referential French magazine Les Inrockuptibles.
Outside Portugal, his show was presented at Summerstage, global FEST, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, twice at Glastonbury, Roskilde, Pitch, Lowlands, Eurockéennes, Les Suds à Arles, Transmusicales, three times at Eurosonic, Womex and Womad Festival, where it was described as "Fantastic" by The Guardian.
On the web he was the first Luso-Angolan artist to star in a Boileroom session, where he was already five times, one of them in a memorable performance at the Red Bull Music Academy Takeover Boileroom Lisbon.
Pedro Coquenão was part of the Africa Express show alignment twice, the project of Damon Albarn. It was also for the Blur’s frontman debut album that he made the remix of "Heavy Seas Of Love", featuring Brian Eno. 2014 ended with 4 shows opening for Stromae’s Big Arena Tour.
In February 2015, Batida welcomed the Grammy award winners, Konono Nº1 in his garage where they recorded "Konono Nº1 meets Batida", that was released in April last year, and reached #1 on the CMJ, the US College Radio chart.
Last year started with Batida being invited for two DJ Sets on the Brazilian Carnival, one in São Paulo and another in Recife on the Rec Beat Festival. He also played in Paris, London, New York, Nairobi, Lisbon, Porto, and had his premiere in Colombia in Festival Detonante.
In December he returned to NYC to present his show, this time at the Lincoln Center.
2017 started with a another memorable performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, in Washington D.C., that ended with the crowd dancing on stage, followed by the globalFEST showcase, back to NYC, where he was the artist chosen to close this year edition at the Studio at Webster Hall.
After returning from NYC, Batida went straight to Eurosonic where he was twice before, to showcase a new performance called The Almost Perfect DJ.