Skip to content

Pongo

Metronome

A photo of a woman outside a tower block sitting on top of a wall.
Gigs | Music events | Performances

Guardian’s ‘One to Watch’, featured in Pitchfork, NY Times and regularly played on BBC 6 Music, Pongo brings a melodic, artistic and soulful approach to the classic kuduro sound from Angola.

Event details

Guardian’s ‘One to Watch’, featured in Pitchfork, NY Times and regularly played on BBC 6 Music, Pongo brings a melodic, artistic and soulful approach to the classic kuduro sound from Angola.

Luanda. End of the 90s. The Angolans were trying to forget, as best they could, the civil war that was devastating their country. On Sunday, in the Cuca neighbourhood, a dance competition took place. A girl attended the show, fascinated. Her name is Pongo, she was 8 years old. Amidst the cheers of the crowd, a man feverishly danced Semba and Kizomba’s steps. It was her father. This image will remain with her forever.

From her native Africa, she set aside the chaos and kept close to her heart the fragrances, colours and endless games with her sisters. But above all the sounds, vibrations and omnipresent songs, those cheerful bubbles that brought rhythm to her childhood, she who had started to dance before she knew how to walk.

Violence and fear will ultimately defeat innocence. Exile was inevitable for Pongo and her family. Europe, Lisbon. Pongo discovered a new world. A new light. But also uprooting, difference, the cruelty of other children. She remained silent and observed. Music returned and with it her hope.

TICKETS: £12

Visit the Metronome website to find out more and book tickets.

ACCESS:

Please click here for full accessibility information.

If you have any particular requirements or queries, please email access@metronome.uk.com ahead of the event.

Location details

Address:

Metronome
Huntingdon St
Nottingham
NG1 1AP

Parking:

The nearest car park is just behind Metronome, on Brook Street. The sat nav postcode is: NG1 1EA (view on Google maps here), you’re looking out for the Nottingham Arena (Brook St) car park, open 24/7.

Travel Info:

The nearest tram stop is at the Lace Market, a 5 – 10 minute walk from the venue. Nottingham has Park & Ride car parks situated just outside the city, with a regular tram service running throughout the week. Go to thetram.net to plan your journey.

For buses take your pick! Visit the Nottingham City Transport website to plan your route. Numerous services stop just outside the venue.

Nottingham Station is the nearest train station and a short taxi ride, or 20 – 25 minute walk, from Metronome. You’ll find plenty of taxis outside the station, or use your Uber app.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418