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Cuijk-based Anthony Mena represents a complex intersection of cultures and influences, bringing together a personal history of African musics with on-the-cusp contemporary dance forms and club culture.

Born in Luanda, Mena’s musical roots go deep, starting with his father’s love for reggae and moving on to hip hop before becoming engrossed in the four-on-the-floor canon in all of its glory.

Now an aspiring artist in the Amsterdam dance music world, Mena brings a full-bodied approach to DJing and production, undertaking each with a verve and tenacity that belies the cool natured spirit of his sonic output.

Touching on a wide range of sounds, including percussive afrohouse, soulful deep house and chunky, floor-ready tech house, Mena’s sound comes across as an effortless synthesis, respectful to his forebears while unrelentingly looking forward.

Having already played out at venues like Chicago Social Club (Amsterdam) and Metaxa Bar (Berlin) and co-founded his own club night called Het Collectief, Mena has begun to craft a space, both physical and abstract, for his music to exist in and this year, he’ll debut his first official release on Los Angeles label Makehood, codifying his development across three stunning long-form tracks.

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