Tempo is an invitation to join Gato Preto through time and space, present and past – two Afrofuturistic aliens and global-bass-travelers who search for their cultural African roots. One can comprehend the songs of Tempo as a twelve-part audio-adventure of producer Lee Bass and femcee Gata Misteriosa. There is a story in every song.
The album starts with "Mocambique" where Gata Misteriosa deals with the bloody colonial history of her parents hometown while lead single "Dia D" is already is a global dancefloor hymn. Together with the African highlife guitars of V. Themba, it's a homage to the international success of African pop music. "Policia" is a collaboration with the Ghanaian rapper Delasi and speaks out against worldwide police violence. It can be understood as an Afro-pean consolidation and a statement of solidarity to the Black Lives Matter-movement in the USA.
"Barulho" is a Favela punk song, which was developed together with their Brazilian global-bass-fellow Edu K. With the song "Pirao" Gato Preto feels out long forgotten traditions, recipes and the healing arts of Africa and reinterprets them, connected to the digital networked diaspora and to the ambitious African cosmopolitan middle class. "Take a Stand" is a love song for Africa – its a call for staying true to your roots and your origins in this modern world where media creates western stereotypes.
At last Gato Preto works out the time leap "Back Into The Future." They return from the past as open-minded, self-confident Afro-Europeans to predict new trends in global pop heaven.