Their masked mystique is the music – a tropical bass thunderstorm of candy rain and sound clouds. Gato Preto – the producer Lee Bass and rapper/singer Gata Misteriosa – unveil the African music paradise reflecting their roots in the polyrhythm of Bass from Ghana, the Portuguese slang of Gatas Mozambique and live, with the incredible Djembe Power of Moussa Diallo from Senegal. Unique is what they are live: afrofuturistic outfits combined with Gata jumping the stage, Lee kicking the beats & synthies and Moussa hitting the Djembe live. Ahead of the duo’s upcoming performance at Future Soundscapes Festival at silent green Kulturquartier from 24th November 2018, Gato Preto’s Gata Misteriosa filled out our 11+3 questionnaire.
1: I love life and am very grateful to exist and for my life.
2: Come as you are but respect me. I accept and tolerate but with no respect there’s no possibility for a conversation.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
A lot inspirate my Music, since songs were always present in my life. I though rather, which phases inspirired me most, and what Music was I hearing?. I was hearing stuff from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, or Lauryn Hill and The Roots, or simply Radiohead.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I started relative late, I was already a growned woman. Actually during my Physics Sudies, I got my first experience with bands. And after that it was only a resonable thing, to keep on doing it.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis Live
Cesária Évora – Café Atlantico
Ebo Taylor – Appia Kwa Bridge
Daft Punk – Discovery
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Big, unapologetic, bold and avantgarde.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The National Library.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would probably try to create art in other perspective: maybe drawing, designing clothes, make furniture… mainly create stuff.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Schick Schock of Bilderbuch.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
With Lauryn Hill.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
It was in Cuba, at the World Music Festival Havana.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It is so important, because it accelerates the process exponential. We are fast in creation and efficient in performance.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have a lot of siblings ( 6) and everybody is very proud and happy for me.
Don’t miss out Gato Preto’s upcoming Berlin show and purchase your Soundscapes Festival ticket here.
Photo © Gato Preto