Príncipe has been showcasing Lisbon’s hybrid Afro-Portuguese dance style for over half a decade now, and its well of ideas hasn’t yet run dry. It is fully dedicated to releasing 100% real contemporary dance music coming out of this city, its suburbs, projects & slums while spreading word about new sounds, forms and structures with their own set of poetics and cultural identity.
Last year’s 23-track compilation, Mambos Levis D’Outro Mundo, showcased a few names unfamiliar to outside audiences. One of them DJ NinOo—member of the city’s Firma Do Txiga crew—will showcase his incredibly skillful mix of hip-winding tarraxinha beats, featherlight percussion, flickering rhythms and heavy basslines paired up with circular synth waves. Often described as a kind of “raw ground zero” for the Afro-Portuguese sound his sets flow naturally between kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha and more western focused club tropes. His merciless barrages of scraped percussion, whistles and shakers loop frantically to fall flat on the centre of the dancefloor and keep things tight.