It all may have started when Pedro was only 8 and did his first song along with his cousins called “Surukundina”, that was presented in a small show to their family. In 2007, he started to develop Batida. After a successful local release in 2009 that was pointed as “one of the most relevant records done in Angola and Portugal” by António Pires, a referential portuguese music journalist, in 2012, he was picked by Soundway Records for an international release as the first new artist to be signed. Mixing electronic with samples from the 60´s and 70´s Angolan music, his first and self titled record was released with many praises from international media.
“This could be the record that changes the African ElectronicMusic on XXI century” - Songlines
“His work can be held up to the light of many angles” - The Wire
Pedro Coquenão likes music production as much as radio, video and documentary making, dance or creating his own masks. On his garage he is mostly alone creating but many of the tracks are made out of dialogues with other artists he loves. On stage he likes to be surrounded by other musicians, mc’s, dancers and video projections to help him represent each story. He works each individually, rehearsing drums on a special drum kit assembled by himself, developing choreography's with the dancers and creating moments for the MC’s. There’s also own made artefacts and props on the show, and the songs are contextualized by hand picked archive or own filmed images for each song.
The show was already presented on Glastonbury, Roskilde, Pitch, Lowlands, Eurokéennes, Les Nuits Sonores, Les Suds à Arles, Transmusicalles, Eurosonic, Babel and twice at Womad Festival (UK and Cáceres) and Eurosonic. Over the web Batida was the first Luso-Angolan artist to feature on Boileroom, where he was already 4 times, the last one on late January 2015, a memorable performance on Red Bull Music Academy Takeover Boileroom Lisboa. He was also invited twice for the Africa Express show, a Damon Albarn project. First at Fiesta des Suds in 2013 and last year closing Roskilde also, presenting songs that featured musicians from Gorillaz, Maximo Park, Magic Numbers, Bombay Bicycle Club and Damon Albarn himself. In 2014, Batida remixed “Heavy Seas Of Love“, one of the songs from Damon´s first solo album.
The same year he ended up doing the support act on 4 Stromae big arena shows.
Last year he was listed for Best Artist, in the Songlines Music Awards, as well as for Best European Indie Album in the Impala Awards, and the show was considered one of the best shows from this year festivals by the referential music Magazine Les InRockuptibles: read article.
Pedro recently finished the Co Production of Konono Nº1 new album, with the band original producer Vincent Kenys, that will be released in April 2016. The band have been in Portugal to record new songs in his garage and together they played 2 shows where some roughs of the recording sessions were presented along two exclusive versions of "Bazuka” and "Cuka".