Batida is the stage name of Pedro Coquenão, a music producer born in Huambo, Angola and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal.
It all started when Batida was only eight years old and recorded his first song “Surukundina”.
In 2009, he had a successful local release which was praised as “one of the most relevant records done in Angola and Portugal” by António Pires, a 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 music with samples from the 60 ́s and 70 ́s Angolan music, his first and self-titled record was released which received a lot of attention from international media.
His latest album “Dois” was released in 2014, again by Soundway Records. Batida was inspired by the Lisbon multi-cultural synthesis, the artists he met, as well by his return travels to Luanda and a special experience in Nairobi for the “10 Cities “ Project of the Goethe Institute.
“Dois” was produced in his own studio-garage and includes a new series of collaborations such as “Luxo” with Spoek Mathambo and Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park), “Céu” with François & The Atlas Mountains, “Pobre e Rico”, with Angolan Legend Matadidi, and “Tá Doce”, with Lisbon ́s AF Diaphra amongst others. The record reached #2 on the US New World CMJ.
Coquenã ended 2014 by opening several shows of Stromae’s big arena tour.
Batida’s premiere at one of the biggest Portuguese music festivals, NOS Alive in 2015, earned him the title of “the best Act of the Edition and of the summer in Europe” by the French magazine “Les Inrockuptibles”. He performed at Summerstage, Global FEST, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, twice at Glastonbury, Roskilde, Pitch, Lowlands, Eurockéennes, Les Suds à Arles, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, Womex and Womad Festival, where his shows were described as "fantastic" by The Guardian.
He was the first Luso-Angolan artist to star in a Boiler Room Session. One of his most memorable performances was at the Red Bull Music Academy Takeover Boiler Room Lisbon.
Pedro was also part of Damon Albarn’s project “the Africa Express” twice.
In February 2015, he welcomed the Grammy award winners “Konono Nº1” and co produced their album with the band’s original producer Vincent Kenis. The album was released in April 2016 as “Konono No1 meets Batida”, which reached #1 on the CMJ, the US College Radio charts.
Last year started out with Batida being invited to play two DJ Sets during the Brazilian Carnival, one in São Paulo and another in Recife at the Rec Beat Festival. He also played in Paris, London, New York, Nairobi, Lisbon, Porto, and had his premiere at the Festival Detonante in Colombia. In December he returned to NYC to present his show, this time at the Lincoln Center and 2017 started with a another memorable performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, in Washington D.C., followed by the global FEST showcase. Later that year he was chosen to close this year’s edition at the Studio at Webster Hall. After that, Batida went straight to Eurosonic to showcase a new performance called “The Almost Perfect DJ”.