Known for her ritual dance music, with influences such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Missy Elliott or Kate Bush, Lafawndah has been drawing worldwide attention for her futuristic approach to pop and electronics. This will be her first performance in Porto. The path to her current incarnation as a pop polymath has been as unpredictable as her style of composition, with influences, approaches, and ideologies that intentionally and self-proclaimedly defy categorisations of geography or gender. Her career has already included a number of highlights and collaborations, such as her acclaimed performance with Tirzah and Kelsey Lu at London’s South Bank or work with Japanese ambient music legend, Midori Takara, at the Barbican.
At the Casa da Música she will present her first album, Ancestor Boy (2019), which reveals a pop that is neither imperial nor local, but exudes an emancipatory spirit of movements and ideas and reveals her as an artist without limits of range, scale and intensity. Her passage through musical and artistic circles has been defined by a freedom of tone, a surrealistic sense of space and a secure manipulation of formal and psychological tension.