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...
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:
Jun 26, 2013
The first in a new series of extended 'Mr Bongo Staff Picks' where someone from Bongo HQ selects their favourite record and tells us why. First up is Graham Luckhurst who has chosen 'Tudo Ben: Jorge Ben Covered':This is my favourite compilation album on Mr Bongo. Every single track is a killer. Infact, I often play Mr Bongo DJ sets...
Jun 25, 2013
Passport photos at the ready, this might well be the coolest library in London. Relying on donations from members of the public, the not-for-profit enterprise hopes to stock everything from 70′s Afro Rock to UK Garage, with an emphasis on creating a space where people can come and share their musical experiences face-to-face. Promoting a love for vinyl in the...
Jun 11, 2013
Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook and Horseman are off to the USA for a mini-tour next week:
June 19th - Dub Club, Los Angeles
June 21st - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 23rd - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 23rd - Dub Mission, San Francisco