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Stream Lisbon schoolgirl Nídia Minaj's necksnapping mix

The Portuguese capital is responsible for some of the most astounding dance music around – and its new star is a Nicki-idolising 17-year-old full of fire

Around this time last year, Dazed spent a weekend in Lisbon's housing projects exploring some of most exciting and boundary pushing dance music of the year. In the suburbs surrounding western Europe's poorest capital, first and second generation African lusophone immigrants are making wildly adventurous music around local block parties and dance club. The chief record label associated to the scene is Principe, and their newest release comes from Nidia Minaj, a Nicki-loving 17-year-old who makes totally brilliant music in between lessons. For the third birthday of their clubnight, and her new EP, she made us this totally awesome mix. Stream it below, and find out the story behind her name underneath. 

How's it going today?

Nídia Minaj: I'm doing OK, thank God. I'm on school holidays so I woke up pretty late. I was cleaning the house and listening to music.

What's in the mix? 

Nídia Minaj: On this mix, there's only good music. It has a few tracks that are still unreleased.

What's your personal approach to producing?

Nídia Minaj: I think it comes about because I'm a girl and I never came across another girl that makes the same type of music that I make, tarraxinha, kuduro, etc.. The way of playing out, mixing the samples, it's not the same.

Can you tell us about that the best party you played? 

Nídia Minaj: I haven't played a lot of parties. But I'd say it was when I played at Jameson Urban Routes Festival at Musicbox in Lisbon which was the first time I played actually. It was cool. I loved it, loved it. I still remember that day as if it was today.

You were still at school when you produced your first album. Where you still at school when you made this EP? Do your teachers and friends know you make awesome music? 

Nídia Minaj: Yes, I was still at school and I am still at school. Some of them know but I don't have a lot of relationships with the people from my school.

You have a great name – can you tell us something about it? And why are you so inspired by Nicki? 

Nídia Minaj: Lol! First of all I apologize to Nicki for using the same name as her but I love that diva. I say that Nicki inspires me because she is on my opinion the best female rapper, that can sing better and is having more success than others because there's a lot of rappers out there but she's number one and she is respected by many male rappers. I am the only female producer doing what I am doing and I am respected by many producers and DJs that work on the same style that I do.