PRÉTU Xullaji (fka chullage) is a rapper known by his lyricism and activism. In recent years he decided to create a project in which he could produce his own tracks to join his sonic multiverse to black universe of his lyrics. The result is prétu: a juxtaposition of samples from his African references and electronic influences where he expresses his thoughts about Decolonization, Pan-Africanism, Afro-futurism and love. It’s a search for politically engaged African music from where he collects samples and whatever he feels like form dub, to batuku, kilapanga, hip hop or grime. There’s no concern with genre or style, only with experimenting until he feels that his words and sounds express what troubles or guides him. It’s a conversation with himself and his community, his Black Fire, his invocation of entities from other futures and dimensions, but also an attempt to emancipate from an African-American perspective that imposes itself to other cosmologies on the struggle against oppression. Besides teaming with other musicians that inspires him, prétu crosses his music with visual arts, theatre and dance looking for his aesthetics, associating with other creatives that resonate on close frequencies. Prétu has three singles Waters with Lowrasta, Fidju Maria with Dino d’Santiago and the recent A Luta Continua with Tristany.
"The result is the juxtaposition and transformation of its African origins and references, with its electronic influences to express its thinking about colonialism, pan-Africanism and a new political context for Africa and its diaspora."
"With a sound that I venture to define as pan-afro-futurist, she encourages us to discover more about the past so that we can move forward."
Airton Monteiro in Hip Hop Sou Eu
"After having participated in two of the MEIA RIBA KALXA tracks, Prétu now sees Tristany giving him back the gesture in this revolutionary single, whose message landed deciphered in ReB's digital mailbox through a statement: “The principle that guides the lyrics is that colonialism is not over and as such the struggle is not over. And that this extends in time and space, from the bush where the guerrillas fought in the 60s / 70s to the cement bush of the colonies still gives metropolis, or African cities continually harassed by colonialism and its ailments.”
ReB team in Rimas e Batidas