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City of God, 10 years on

Aug 06, 2013

Ten years after a Rio de Janeiro slum called Cidade de Deus (City of God) burst into the world's consciousness with the hit film of the same name, very little has changed for the residents and the actors have enjoyed mixed fortunes, writes Donna Bowater. In one of the ubiquitous street-side bars in the west of Rio de Janeiro, Leandro...

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10 Independent Hip Hop Picks from Django Django

Aug 01, 2013

There were a flurry of exchanges between David Maclean of Django Django and ourselves on Twitter this week, talking about some of our favourite independent hip hop records from the 90's when our record shops were in full swing. We got quite excited about it as we always do. Dave was kind enough to put together 10 of his favourites for...

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Gilberto Gil in Viramundo at Barbican, London

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...

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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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