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Free 10 track Mr Bongo 2013 Sampler

Jan 08, 2013

Happy New Year! Grab yourself 10 free tracks. Some of our favourites, things to look forward to in 2013, and a final track tribute to the late great Terry Callier. 1. Ebo Taylor - Heaven 2. Hollie Cook - Crying Dub 3. Tom Ze - Sao Paulo 4. Incredible Bongo Band - Last Bongo In Belgium 5. Novalima - Machete 6. Salvador Trio - Tristeza...

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2012 world cinema film titles from Mr Bongo

Jan 08, 2013

2012 saw the release of 12 world cinema titles on Mr Bongo. Big boss man David, talks through the films and what inspired their release.   If you are interested in purchasing them all at once we've created a 2012 collection. Michelangelo Antonioni - Chung Kuo (1972) The year kicked off in fine fashion with an Arjun Chauhan discovery; the...

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Ebo Taylor Conflict and self-titled vinyl re-issues

Dec 18, 2012

One of Ghanaʼs finest producer and arrangers, Ebo Taylor was involved in a lot of the Afro-Funk to emerge from the country in the 70s working with bands such as Apagya Show Band and fellow musicians such as C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas.  Ebo's self-titled album was released in 1977 and followed by Conflict in 1980.  Original copies of these two...

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Andy's sample selection pt.1

Dec 13, 2012

A great deal of the music I've been introduced to has been through sampling (Hip-Hop mostly). Here's the first in a selection of my favourite sampled tracks.  It's an impossible task to compile a definitive list, so here are just a few from different genres, in an on-going series of posts. I won't go into who sampled what, and where;...

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Mr Bongo and the Rio Breaks Favela Surf Club

Dec 12, 2012

In November, 2012 I flew to Brazil for 2 weeks. During that time I had the opportunity to meet up with Rogerio, the founder of the Favela Surf Club in Rio de Janeiro. Those of you who have seen the film Rio Breaks will have heard of the Surf Club, and for those that haven’t I strongly recommend you check...

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Dom Salvador interview

Dec 11, 2012

Vinil é Arte interviewed Dom Salvador ahead of his performance for COPA FEST in 2010.  We have released two of his Salvador Trio albums this year so we thought it was worth posting as it's a great read: Vinil é Arte: Did you enjoy music during your childhood? Dom: I am from Rio and was born into a very musical...

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Massive Attack share unreleased Terry Callier music as a tribute

Dec 06, 2012

Massive Attack's 3D has paid tribute to the later Terry Callier by posting a new mixtape of their collaborations together online - listen below. The influential folk singer passed away at the end of October, collaborated with the Bristol group on his own 2009 album Hidden Conversations, though these recordings date from 2005. "We reloaded the Terry Callier tapes from 2005. It felt right to...

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Bongo Hip Hop favourites

Dec 06, 2012

We have a long history in selling, distributing and pressing hip-hop records here at Mr Bongo. I remember my trips to the shop in the mid to late nineties, and the excitment when the mail-order record lists arrived in the post. I'd take the train up to London to buy the newest imports, and spend a good hour looking through...

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The story of C.K Mann & His Carousel 7 ‘Funky Highlife’

Dec 05, 2012

We have received a fantastic reaction to the re-issue of the C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7's classic album ‘Funky Highlife’. We are of course really pleased, as this release is the first in our new series of Classic African Recordings (more info to come). The back-story behind C.K Mann and the ‘Funky Highlife’ album is interesting in itself and...

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Reflections on Terry Callier's memorial concert

Dec 05, 2012

The Terry Callier memorial concert that took place last Thursday was a resounding success and a very special evening.  A fitting tribute to such a great man.  Here are some words on the event from David, the founder of Mr Bongo, who worked with Terry across six album projects: "The night was arranged and promoted by Adrian Gibson who took...

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