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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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Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) - brand new documentary

Dec 04, 2012

Our very good friend Renato over at Funk na Caixa is about as on the money as it gets when it comes to new electronic Brazilian music styles and his blog is a constant source of music for us. Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) is a brand new documentary about the journey and current state of [Baile] Funk music in Sao...

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Mr Bongo 2012 staff picks

Dec 04, 2012

2012 has been a very productive year for us at Mr Bongo HQ, with over 30 music and 10 films titles.  Here are some personal favourites from the Bongo team, we hope you enjoy them as much as we have. Jane Prince Fatty ft. Hollie Cook - And The Beat Goes On "My favourite Bongo track from 2012 has got to...

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Mr Bongo Spotify Playlists: Brazil

Dec 03, 2012

Here at Mr Bongo we like to introduce people to music; new, classic or rare. And seeing as a lot of you are on Spotify we decided to launch a new series - Spotify Playlists. Our Spotify playlists will feature essential musics selected by the Mr Bongo team. We will be covering a wide spectrum of genres and artists and...

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