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10 new Brazilian albums... For free!

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...

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Staff Picks #2: Atmosfear - Dancing In Outer Space

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...

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Tropicalia: An interview with director Marcelo Machado

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...

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Mr Bongo presents Vamos! with Pollito Boogaloo at Blind Tiger, Brighton on 20th July

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...

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Mr Bongo Soundsystem Festival Bangers Mix

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...

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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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