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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Brazilian Disco

Nov 27, 2012

Whenever I think of disco I am instantly drawn to the night-life of New York City in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The golden period for disco may forever be associated with that scene, but disco was a truly global phenomenon. Brazil was also locked into the groove. I knew there must be a lot of classic tracks that...

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Introducing Horseman

Nov 14, 2012

Horseman, real name Winston Williams, has been honing his drumming and MCing skills for close to three decades now and has worked with the likes of Tippa Irie, Max Romeo, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minot among others. For the last few years heʼs been the resident drummer and MC for Prince Fatty and Hollie Cook. Horsemove, the first single from his forthcoming album...

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Sounds & Colours interview Criolo

Nov 14, 2012

Criolo is one of the most important musicians to come out of Brazil in some time. His last album Nó Na Orelha, a mix of hip-hop, samba and MPB, was the album of the year at the 2011 Brazilian Music Video Awards (an event where he duetted with Caetano Veloso); he has performed in New York, London and across Europe; been featured...

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Mr Bongo 'Classic African Recordings' series preview mix

Nov 09, 2012

To celebrate the launch of our 'Classic African Recordings' series that launched quietly a couple of weeks back with C.K Mann & His Carousel 7's 'Funky Highlife' album, we put together a mix of the highlights of the next four months releases.  The schedule so far includes four Peter King and two Ebo Taylor albums, all sought after and extremely...

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The soundtrack to Brazil with Michael Palin on BBC1

Nov 08, 2012

We've been watching and enjoying Michael Palin's travels around Brazil over the last three weeks.  The program gives a great introduction to the culture and flavours of the country, albeit slightly touristy in places. The soundtrack to the show contains many classic Brazilian records, mostly from the 60's and 70's 'golden era' period including Trio Mocoto, Cesar Mariano and Clube...

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Terry Callier memorial concert in London, 28th November

Nov 05, 2012

Wednesday 28th November at Islington Assembly Hall, London A special event to celebrate the life and work of Terry Callier Terry's band will be performing selections from his musical output with special guest vocalists including Beth Orton.  Confirmed DJ's so far include Marc Mac (4Hero), Dr. Bob Jones, Russ Dewbury and Chris Bangs, with more to follow. This concert is being...

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Day Of The Dead Festival, London

Oct 30, 2012

Wahaca is bringing Mexico’s vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations to London, for a four-day festival of music, food, art and film hosted at The Old Vic Tunnels, staring tomorrow and running until Saturday. Performing each night, on the first leg of their European tour will be Rodrigo y Gabriela The tunnels will be transformed, with Wahaca’s very own temporary...

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Terry Callier passes away

Oct 29, 2012

It was with extreme sadness this weekend that we learnt of the passing of the great Terry Callier, on Saturday 27th October in hospital with his family in Chicago, USA, at the age of 67. We had the pleasure of working with him on six albums over the course of eight years from 2001 to 2009.  His live performances will...

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