GOTOPO has given us a science fiction story not unlike those of N. K. Jemisin."
— Queen City Sounds.
GOTOPO’s debut single Malembe takes the viewer through a time travel from pre-hispanic times to a pos-colonial present in an elegant showcase of indigenous futurism: it tells an untold story of America that starts "before it was America". Featuring Venezuelan indigenous goddess Maria Lionza and the golden Goddess of Muisca people Bachué (modern Colombia), Malembe brings a modern tell on a history that in GOTOPO's words "has been erased from our school books".
Malembe and its neo-indigenous aesthetics gave GOTOPO a world-building character and a sound that became her signature.
Her 3rd independently released single ‘Eso’ with Joaquin Cornejo rapidly earned features on BBC 6, Worldwide fm, XLR8R, DJ MAG and landed organically in ‘Electrica Selvática’ (295k listeners): fascinating milestones for an independent artist with just 3 releases.
In September 2021 GOTOPO performed with 15 other musicians at the Opening Ceremony of the Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum Berlin with audience members Frank-Walter Steinmeier, president of Germany and renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: building bridges between pop culture and the academic arts is a passion.
Currently GOTOPO works on her first EP which she will present live next 10th of June 2022 at MELT festival.
GOTOPO's performance (min. 49:30) for the Opening of the 'Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst' w/Speeches by President of Germany, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters.
Original Soundtrack Music for the Angolan film 'Beyond my steps' ("Para lá dos meus passos"), premiered among other festivals at Encounters in South Africa and Cinedans in Amsterdam.
"Eso brings the drums back in a propulsive way, with Gotopo arriving in grand fashion, with forceful, dominant vocals.” --- Beats per minute
...deep and sultry vocals and synth stabs feed-backing on tape create a driving blend of African percussion and footwork with a subtle touch of dub techno. --- Beatport
Eso out on Joaquin Cornejo's EP 'Las Frutas'. ----- XLR8R
"A “futuristic soundtrack of Latin roots, a mashup of Lido Pimienta, FKA Twigs and Bomba Estéreo”, Malembe never stops to bring you forth, or let you go."— Come here Floyd.
“In the video for her new single ‘Malembe’ Gotopo invites us to imagine a future where pre-European contact religions and cultures of the Americas and ancient African cultures have produced a syncretic culture”.
-Queen City Sounds.
The song is driven by the majestic-like vocals of Gotopo and backed by a futuristic beat that thrives on intense and mysterious energy.
— Our Culture mag
Liquid Jungle Stage
10. June 2022
Humboldt Forum Berlin, Summer Opening
7. august 2021