Nídia, formerly known as Nidia Minaj, is the portuguese female producer that will turn your understanding of electronic dance music around. Spearhead of Lisbon-based cutting-edge record label Principe Discos, she has recently released her debut album Nidia é Má, Nidia é Fudida which is already set to be one the best records of the year coming out of the portuguese electronic music scene.
Taking from the wide variety genres that marked her musical and personal growth, from batida, angolan styles and derivatives like kuduro, kizomba and taraxxo, to techno house and afrobeats, Nídia fiercely shows her maturity and impressive potential stating all that she’s capable of doing.
She was born in Vale da Amoreira, a barrio in the outskirts of Lisbon [which she pays homage to in the track I Miss My Ghetto], but grew up in Bordeaux where she moved at the age of 14. At the time, Nídia was part of all-girl kuduro group called Kaninas Squad with whom she made tracks and danced, then she set up her own home studio Estúdio da Mana (sister’s studio.)
Today, at just 20 years old, Nidia embraces and superbly revisits her Portuguese Cape-Verdean Bissau-Guinean rhythmic heritage showcasing the very best of her production skills while maintaining the percussive signature sound.
Nídia is bad, Nídia is dope – Nidia é Má, Nidia é Fudida – and her Instagram followers will also know that she is a real sweetheart, often interacting with her fans on live streaming and sharing her love for music and her family.
After releasing her Danger EP in 2015, Nídia has rapidly become one of the fewest female music producer from Portugal to emerge in the European underground music scene.
If you want to see her live, she will perform on September 7 alongside Dj Marfox, Dj Nervoso and Dj Nigga Fox in the beautiful Fort Punta Christo (Croatia) for Outlook Festival 2107.
Cover Image | (c) Herberto Smith
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