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Ginga: The Soul Of Brazilian Football coming soon on Mr Bongo

Feb 25, 2014

‘Ginga, it’s in our blood, it’s a gift given by God especially to Brazilians who play football and learn to dance from an early age. I think Brazilians are given Ginga when they’re born and continue to improve it through childhood.‘  Ronaldo Pele, Zico, Jairzinho, Renaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar… Some of world’s greatest footballers all have one thing in common: they all hail from Brazil, the land of footballing...

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Three Mr Bongo tracks in Nick Frost's 'Cuban Fury'

Feb 06, 2014

Nick Frost's 'Cuban Fury' premier's tonight at Odeon, Leicester Square in London. Three of our tracks feature in the soundtrack:    And Tito Puente's - Tito On Timbales Full soundtrack information is available at Soundtrackmania.com

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Soviet posters of the silent screen: 17th January - 29 March

Jan 07, 2014

GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in collaboration with Antikbar is pleased to present ‘Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen’. As the UK/Russia year of culture begins, this exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters and is co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker. The 1920s saw...

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2013 release round-up

Dec 18, 2013

We released some great music and film in 2013. Here is the full round-up: Runaway Orchestra - Runaway Orchestra - CD / downloadTaking a slight turn from our regular output we released Runaway Orchestra’s self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Ebo Taylor - Ebo...

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Wild Style 30th Anniversary Party - London 7th December

Dec 04, 2013

First released in 1983, Wild Style‘s position as the definitive hip-hop movie remains pretty much unassailable. The film, which follows the travails of graffiti artist Zoro as he falls in love and dodges the feds, serves as a manifesto for New York’s fledgling B-Boy culture, featuring classic rapping, breaking and graffing set-pieces. Grandmaster Flash, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee and...

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Buddies (Colegas) screening at the 5th Brazilian Film Festival of London

Sep 10, 2013

The 5th Brazilian Film Festival of London takes place from 27th September – 1st October at Odeon Covent Garden. Full information is available from www.brazilianfilmfestival.com. The Brazilian Film Festival returns, offering a riveting presentation of Brazilian culture off and on screen. The Brazilian Film Festival is Londons premiere platform for contemporary Brazilian cinema in the UK. The forthcoming hosting of the World Cup and...

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The Poster Designs of Satyajit Ray

Aug 15, 2013

It is no secret that here at Mr Bongo we are big fans of the legendary director Satyajit Ray. Satyajit Ray is one of cinema’s truest Renaissance men and we were delighted to get the opportunity to release 4 of his classic films; ‘Company Limited’, ‘Goddess’, ‘The Stranger’, ‘Two Daughters’. Many critics and fans agree that he ‘transformed the face of Indian cinema',...

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City of God, 10 years on

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...

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Gilberto Gil in Viramundo at Barbican, London

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...

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Tropicalia: An interview with director Marcelo Machado

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...

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