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Mr Bongo presents Brazil 45's

Oct 01, 2013

Following swiftly on from Brazilian Beats 7, we are very proud to present a new sister label Brazil 45s; a series of sought after 'golden era' 1960s and 1970s Brazilian music pressed on 7" vinyl. Brazil 45s will feature rare and sought after tracks previously unreleased as singles or only available on quieter LP pressings. Finding these tracks in good...

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The story of Brazilian Beats

Sep 30, 2013

In light of the release of our forthcoming Brazilian Beats 7 compilation, we thought now would be an opportune moment to recap the previous volumes from the past 14 years. So, Mr Bongo main man David Buttle has selected his favourite track from each compilation and tells us a little bit about each one.   Brazilian Beats 1 (1999) Top track: Masters...

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Mr Bongo Presents Latin Disco Classics

Aug 29, 2013

  Mr Bongo's Matt Neale & Gareth Askew select their top latin tracks with a disco-tinge that never fail to get people dancing. Some well-known, some a little rarer, but all are tried and tested party records. Charanga 76 - Music Trance (1979)     Coati Mundi - Me No Pop I (1981)     Baby O - In the...

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From Azymuth To Jorge Ben: Mr Bongo's 20 Best Brazilian Bangers

Aug 28, 2013

  In August we were asked to select our top 20 Brazilian bangers for the guys over at The Vinyl Factory. The brief was simple; hit us with 20 Brazilian classic tracks that never fail to work a dance-floor. Mr Bongo's Graham Luckhurst stepped up to the task and made the selections. In this post we bring you the first...

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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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