Staff Picks #1: Tudo Ben - Jorge Ben Covered

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...

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London's first vinyl library to open next week

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...

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Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook US Tour Dates

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

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Peter King 'Miliki Sound' vinyl LP and CD re-issue

Jun 11, 2013

Originally released in 1975 via Sonny Robertsʼ Orbitone label, Miliki Sound is an album by Peter King, Nigeriaʼs most talented multi-instrumentalist, highlighting his unique blend of Afrobeat, Highlife, jazz and funk. As King remarked in later life Miliki Sound was his attempt to escape being tied down following a string of albums for the label by delving into his own...

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Ebo Taylor Summer 2013 Tour Dates

Jun 10, 2013

Confirmed European tour dates for Ebo Taylor this summer: 28.06.2013 D - Lärz, Fusion Festival29.07.2013 B - Bree, Afro Latino Festival05.07.2013 PL - Lublin, Different Sounds Festival14.07.2013 NL - Rotterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival18.07.2013 F - Le Havre, Festival Moz’aïque19.07.2013 F - Beauvais, Scènes d’ Eté22.07.2013 ES - Cartagena, Festival Mar de Musicas26.07.2013 F - Pertuis, Festival Sun Art02.08.2013 D...

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Gilles Peterson's favourite Azymuth tracks

Jun 05, 2013

Originally posted at Fabric London Diving into such a deep and rich discography as the Brazilian trio of Azymuth have amassed could prove to be quite something. But luckily, one of BBC 6Music’s resident audiophiles and one of this country’s most prominent jazz selectors, Gilles Peterson, has taken the time to select some of his favourite Azymuth compositions for us in an...

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Brazilian Beatz Podcast: Mr Bongo Brazilian Favourites

May 29, 2013

This month Graham Luckhurst from Mr Bongo hosts the show and selects some of his favourite Brazilian tracks: J Dilla - Brazilian Groove Claudia - Deixa Eu Dizer Dora Lopes - Tostao Nao Tem Troco Nara Leao - Cacara Odair Cabeca - Isso Que e Bonito Quarteto Novo - Misturada Wan Trio - Selvagem Cizinha Pra Fazer - Um Samba...

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The ABCs of Polysom, Brazil’s only vinyl pressing plant

May 28, 2013

The ABCs of Polysom, Brazil’s only vinyl pressing plant  by Gregory Scruggs for Wax Poetics Around the Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio de Janeiro, used vinyl abounds. Vendors haul crates in with wheelbarrows and prop records up on building façades, lazily keeping an eye out for customers while they chat with taxi drivers and doormen. Start showing some interest they will quickly...

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Sample This: The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band at BFI, London

May 23, 2013

Sample This: The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band screening + Q&A with Dan Forrer The amazing story behind the creation of one of the most influential albums in popular music. Set against the backdrop of social and political turbulence in the USA of the late 1960s, Sample This tells the amazing story of the creation of one of the most...

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