Karol Conka is definitely one of our favourite discoveries. We stumbled across her YouTube videos in mid-2013 whilst digging for new Brazilian hip hop and were blown away by her flow and style, and Nave's killer production. To cut a long story short, we signed her album 'Batuk Freak' and are gearing up to release it.
Karol first set foot on stage in her home-town Curitiba in southern Brazil aged 17. Ten years later, the young MC has proved that she has what it takes to be one of the most distinctive voices from today’s high-grade Brazilian hip hop scene.
One of the very few female Brazilian hip hop artists to break out of the underground, Karol Conka’s wider success was kicked off by the 2011 single 'Boa Noite' (nominated for an MTV Brazil award). With the Brazilian launch of the album via VICE magazine, downloads and shows across the country, the rapper, singer and songwriter – influenced by Brazilian Pop Music (MPB) and a big Azealia Banks fan – has gained national recognition and critical acclaim. Hugely respected by her peers, she has also shared the stage with rap pioneers Racionais MCs, hip-hop hero Criolo and label-mate Marcelo D2, as well as recording with major rap star Projota and samba veteran Luiz Melodia.
Winner of the 2013 Multishow Best New Artist award, over 2 million views of her video singles (Boa Noite also features on the FIFA 2014 EA game), touted as "the M.I.A. of Brazil" by the highly regarded Les Inrocks magazine in France and part of a blazing collaboration with Buraka Som Sistema for Adidas, Karol Conka is now set to take on the world.
'Batuk Freak' is out officially on 17th February but you grab it now from us on CD and vinyl (if you are in France it is already available digitally too). The iTunes pre-order is available here.
DEBUT WORLD TOUR DATES
21st March @ 104, Paris, FR - Tickets
22d March @ Le Plan, Ris-Orangis, FR - Tickets
29th March @ La Coopérative de Mai, Clermont Ferrant, FR
3rd April @ La Linea, Concrete, London, UK - Tickets
4th April @ Le 106, Rouen, FR - Tickets
Photo by Mariana Zarpello