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Angolan singer Pongo at the Fête de la musique on June 21, 2019 at the Élysée Palace. AFP Photos / POOL / Lewis Joly

She was a little girl in 2000 when she fled Angola, plunged into a civil war, for Portugal. The artist Pongo is now 27 years old and she has not forgotten her country.

Pongo only lived there for the first eight years of his life and yet Angola crosses every title of his first EP, Baia .

To write it, she searched her memories: " My story, what I experienced in Angola when I played in the street with other children, family celebrations, disputes between neighbors, all that helped create music, dances. These are memories that I keep as a foundation because when I arrived in Portugal, I did not find that same joy. "

In his lyrics, Pongo alternates between Portuguese and Kimbundu, an Angolan dialect. Her music is inspired by Angolan semba, breakbeats and electro: " I prefer to let my audience have the freedom to give a name to my music, to my style. All opinions are welcome. The only certainty is that Pongo's music is solar and she leaves no choice but to dance.

This summer, she goes around European festivals to discover her powerful melodies mixing electronic music and Angolan rhythms.