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TGN 12: Lua Preta

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Lua Preta is an Angolan/Polish duo consisting of vocalist/MC Ms. Gia of Angolan descent and experienced Polish DJ and producer Mentalcut. Together they bring the frenetic mixture of modern electronic music and African genres characteristic not only to Ms. Gia's native Angola but also to the whole continent - including kuduro, afrohouse, gqom and more.

Lua Preta's fresh and unique sound led to 2018 being their breakthrough year with their biggest hit up to date being released ('Quero Mais' featuring Lesotho's Morena Leraba, Damon Albarn collaborator), their first official video being shot entirely in Lisbon, the one and only Daniel Haaksman releasing their tracks via his Man Recordings label in December and a round of European appearances for the festivals and gigs taking place in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France and more! 2019 saw their further expansion with events in Spain, Norway and Belgium and, furthermore, following Lua Preta's two live performances in New York, their collaborative track 'Panama' with the renowned Tony Quattro dropped on Mad Decent's sublabel Good Enuff in May. Later that year the duo released conceptual EP called Polaquinha Preta that carries a great cultural value by exploring the topic of Ms. Gia growing up in Poland at the verge of political system changes. The EP is available on vinyl and is accompanied by the videos to two of its tracks.

Even though 2020's pandemic cancelled Lua Preta's touring plans (which included a show in Philharmonie de Paris), the duo still managed to have a successful year. Firstly, global bass most influential figure Branko remixed their track 'Noemia' for his renowned compilation 'Enchufada Na Zona'. Secondly and more importantly, in September Lua Preta released their debut album 'Diaspora' - a seven tracks collection containing 'Baile Lotus' (a song played by Diplo in his BBC Radio 1 show), 'Vim Para Vencer' (collaboration with South African rapper Robin Thirdfloor) and more of their characteristic catchy Afro sounds.


1. Niniola - Bana

2. Love Lokombe, Moonshine - Dindon

3. Victony - Jolene (Lua Preta Remix)

4. Tribal Brothers - Tribal Drums

5. Wande Coal feat. Dj Tunez - Iskaba

6. Lekki - Falz

7. Luny & AKA AFK - Nova Geracao (Lua Preta Remix)

8. Omah Lay - Soso (Lua Preta Remix)

9. David West & Ida Engberg - Atabaka

10. Skales - Shake Body

11. Jojo Maronttinni - Achas

12. Omar - Dola Re Dola

13. DJANNY BOY - Lentement

14. Busy Twist x Tres - Etali Nga Te

15. Dog Murras - Midexa

16. Les Frères Smith - Ecolo Assiko (iZem Remix)

17. DJ Arafat - On Va Sauter

18. Costuleta - Açúcar

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