Aug 06, 2013
Ten years after a Rio de Janeiro slum called Cidade de Deus (City of God) burst into the world's consciousness with the hit film of the same name, very little has changed for the residents and the actors have enjoyed mixed fortunes, writes Donna Bowater. In one of the ubiquitous street-side bars in the west of Rio de Janeiro, Leandro...
Aug 01, 2013
There were a flurry of exchanges between David Maclean of Django Django and ourselves on Twitter this week, talking about some of our favourite independent hip hop records from the 90's when our record shops were in full swing. We got quite excited about it as we always do. Dave was kind enough to put together 10 of his favourites for...
Jul 24, 2013
Legendary singer Gilberto Gil takes us on a musical journey around the world, exploring the power of culture, politics, and music with a series of concerts and conversations. Gil visits Australia, South Africa and his native Brazil, meeting politicians, artists and composers on his travels, seeking to understand and honour the past, while looking to technology and music to help create new...
Jul 22, 2013
Once again our friends over at Sounds & Colours come up with the goods: As part of the research for our Sounds and Colours Brazil book/CD (due in Sept 2013) we have been speaking to all manner of cultural agitators, including Marcelo Costa of the indefatigable Scream & Yell blog, one of our trusted sources for finding out about the best new music, books and films...
Jul 18, 2013
Second up in our series of Staff Picks from the Mr Bongo catalogue is Marketing Master, Matt Neale. Matt picked Atmosfear 'Dancing in Outer Space', and here's why... Atmosfear 'Dancing In Outer Space' is a Jazz-Funk anthem that after its release in 1979 went on to become a true underground classic. It almost made the top 40 singles chart here...
Jul 17, 2013
Sounds And Colours interview 'Tropicalia' director Marcelo Machado: Between July 1967 and October 1969 a group of Brazilian musicians created a musical movement known as tropicália. Inspired by Brazilian music, art, literature, theatre and cinema as well as The Beatles and Rolling Stones, they created a style of music that was seen as being so revolutionary that it’s two lead protagonists...
Jul 11, 2013
For the second instalment of our brand new monthly party we have invited Cumbia masters Pollito Boogaloo to play for us at Brighton's Blind Tiger Club on 20th July. Pollito Boogaloo (or 'little dancing chicken') play afro-colombian roots music drawing from classic 60s cumbia, vallenato and puya and mixing in a little dub and some voodoo. Fronted by charismatic Colombian...
Jul 02, 2013
Today marks the release of the Marcelo Machado directed movie 'Tropicalia' here in the UK. You can order directly from the Mr Bongo store now. We have copies in both BluRay & DVD editions available. This movie has been generating an exciting swell of interest in recent months. Not only has the film itself been critically acclaimed by music and...
Jun 27, 2013
Brazilian dance-floor business selected and mixed by Graham Luckhurst for the Mr Bongo Soundsystem, just in time for festival season. For bookings please contact us Ivo Meirelles & Funk' N' Lata – Baile Funk MedleyEd Lincoln - CochiseToni Tornado - O JournaleiroWilson Simonal - Silva LenheiraLuciano Perrone E Seus Ritmistas Brasileiros - Samba Vocalizado Arito Moreira - Time For CarnavalCelso Murilo...
Jun 26, 2013
Azymuth recorded live for Boiler Room at Gilles Peterson Brownswood Basement: