Africa 45's 1 & 2 - Mr Bongo tells his digging stories

Jun 30, 2015

Our new Africa 45's series is now available exclusively at Mr Bongo. In this post David 'Mr Bongo' reveals how he first came across these tracks and explains why they were chosen to launch the series.  Amazones de Guinee - Samba (AFR45.01) To start the series I wanted to launch with a heavy hitter. 'Amazones de Guinee - Samba’ is a high energy African...

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Mr Bongo presents an Africa 45's mini-mix

Jun 30, 2015

Africa 45’s is our brand new series of sought-after tracks from across the African continent. To give you a taster of what we have forthcoming for the series we pulled together this exclusive mix for our friends at The Vinyl Factory.  Amazones de Guinee – “Samba” (AFR45.01)Moussa Doumbia – “Samba” (AFR45.01)Moussa Doumbia – “Keleya” (AFR45.02)Amadou Balake – “Super Bar Konon Mousso” (AFR45.02)Mariba –...

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Africa 45's by Mr Bongo

Announcing our new Africa 45's imprint

Jun 26, 2015

Africa 45’s is Mr Bongo’s brand new series of sought-after tracks from across the African continent. We've dug deep and cut these loud on 45rpm 7” vinyl. This essential collection for collectors and DJ's features giants of African music such as Ethiopia's Mulatu Astatke, Orchestra Baobab of Senegal, Ghana's K. Frimpong, Ebo Taylor and some lesser known gems for you...

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The Mr Bongo Record Club - Episode 9, with guest selector Sam Telford

Jun 03, 2015

Listen to episode 9 of our monthly all-vinyl radio show, with special guest selector Sam Telford aka 'Ye Ye Fever', playing West African, Cape Verde and Brazilian selections. Plus hosts Graham Luckhurst, Gareth Stephens and Ville Marttila.  1. John Klemmer - Free Soul2. Jon Lucien - Search For The Inner Self3. Sylvester Jackson - I Want A Lot4. Holidays -...

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 3

May 12, 2015

The final instalment in Gareth Stephens investigations into the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have found their way into various samplers and hard drives. Claudia Brazilian artist Claudia is a Mr Bongo HQ favourite and here her song Deixa Eu Dizer (the first releases in our Brazil 45's series) gets used in both House and Hip Hop.        Mulatu Astatké A forthcoming...

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Flavia Coelho's 'Mundo Meu', out today

May 11, 2015

Flavia Coelho 'Mundo Meu' album is out today. Featuring German superstar Patrice, cult rapper Speech (Arrested Development), accordionist Fixi of Java and the legendary drummer Tony Allen. You can buy it here on our website, or download/stream from iTunes and Spotify

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 2

May 07, 2015

The second instalment of Gareth Stephens blog series, looking at the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have found their way into various samplers and hard drives. Azymuth Azymuth are no stranger to being sampled and are much loved by a diverse range of producers.      Marcos Valle Arguably one of the greats of Brazilian music, whether it be his voice,...

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The Mr Bongo Record Club – Episode 8, available now

May 01, 2015

Episode 8 of our monthly, 2-hour, all-vinyl radio show is now available for your listening pleasure. With resident selectors Graham Luckhurst, Ally Smith, Gareth Stephens and Ville Marttila. 1. Hugh Masekela – Actin’ Like A Fool2. Funk Inc. – Let’s Make Peace And Stop The War3. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration/Information4. Leon Thomas – China Doll5. Horace Silver – Open Up Your Senses6. Mario Rusca Quartet – Pretext7....

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 1

Apr 29, 2015

The enormous influence the Incredible Bongo Band have had on beat makers and producers has often been documented. We thought it was time for our resident encyclopaedia of music, Gareth Stephens, to look back at the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have also found their way into samplers and hard drives: Labi Siffre Labi Siffre’s 'I Got The…', as featured...

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Flavia Coelho on Jools Holland's 'Later' this week

Apr 21, 2015

Our latest signing, the wonderful Flavia Coelho, will be performing on Jools Hollands 'Later' show on BBC2 live tonight and also on the extended programme on Friday. She will be performing alongside Senegalese artist Cheikh Lo. Flavia will be performing in the UK at Norwich & Norfolk Festival on 17th May at Rich Mix in London on the 18th May....

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