Super Ballet w/ Lido Pimienta ⟡ Shaka Lion ⟡ ZDB

Galeria Zé dos Bois

© João Mendes

Lido Pimienta

From promising talent to a necessary global voice, Lido Pimienta has a decade of artistic signature made official by records, performances, and awards. Winner of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2017, the young Afro-Colombian living in Toronto has established herself as a major voice. In music, and outside of it, she works around issues such as race, gender politics or identity. She approaches these themes with profound simplicity, discarding a pamphlet-like attitude. He often applies colour and exuberance to a reality that is sometimes too monochrome or formatted. Without beating around the bush and without bones.

Miss Colombia is perhaps the most symbolic representation of this sound painting with an electronic base, but with a soul anchored in its ancestral roots. A challenging work for its aesthetic ideas in which the street palenque and the echoes of cumbia gain here a garish digitalization, incorporated and natural. He recorded it with several local musicians, from different artistic backgrounds, resulting in a widely communitarian record. His songs of non-traditional structure are open to the luminosity of pop, reaching an almost mystical imaginary. A fascinating record of emancipation, conscious of itself and its times, confessional as it should be – and perhaps because of this, as close as it feels.

Already this year, the theme De Los Límites opens the way to new chapters. With the participation of Mariel Mariel, there is a sonic spectrum, simmering reggaeton, and stories of knife and bowl. The theatre of life according to Lido Pimienta now arrives at ZDB, in an absolute premiere here. NA

Shaka Lion

He calls himself a being under construction. It lives in permanent mutation and whirl. It is permeable to rhythm and sensitive to beauty. If today we talk so much about mixing and interculturalism, Shaka Lion is not only a musical reflex. He is a full body with no boundaries between Brazil where he was born, Barreiro where he grew up, and Lisbon where he moves, the gravitational center for a universe that is the world. He is a DJ that takes the audience on a journey of yesterday and tomorrow being able to create live edits and remixes while using the set up as his own instrument. His achievements are still recent but the list is already long. Residencies at Musicbox and Lux Frágil, gigs in the 4 corners of the world around the world, winner of the Daily Paper x Havana Club international contest and also curator of the Iminente Festival. Sets for NTS Radio, Beats 1 (Apple Music) and resident at Rinse FM (london), Narrations for Sango and Smino. He is a member of Label Soulection LA, a sound family he has been keeping close to and that makes a point of having him around, inviting him to several meetings around the world. Shaka Lion is rhythm and joy. It is midnight sun and ballet during the siesta. It is what you hear and what you see.

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