Ikoqwe is a new project from Portuguese sensation Batida and activist rapper Ikonoklasta. The track, ‘VaiVai’, out now on Beating Heart Music, is a vibrant afrobeat groove. The video sees the duo, masked with make-shift antennae and riding through the desert in a Candongueiro (Angolan Taxi), in a cartoon style escapade, journeying, eventually launching up to space where perhaps this track belongs with its otherworldly rhythms, laser-like zaps and cosmic raps.
Ikonoklasta is a rapper who became an iconic and who has been into music, dance, visual, plastic and radio arts under the Batida alias. Taking root from Angola, Portugal, it’s impossible to not get sucked into the layered shuffling backdrop of beats and organic percussion peppered with computer-game style blips and bleeps.
BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson explains, “There’s certain types of music that come out of Portugal. All of this is sort of linked together for me by this one producer who goes by the name of Batida. It’s just on another level in terms of how he presents his show, how he approaches his music making, whether he is DJing or performing live, or adding visuals, philosophically just how he goes about his business.”