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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Karol Conka

Feb 10, 2015

Continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations from the end of last year, we look back at one of 2014's success stories, the one and only Karol Conka and her 'Batuk Freak' album. Hailing from Curitiba, Brazil, Karol Conka, first stepped foot on stage, and started her rap career at age 17, while participating in her school music competition. She won. Today, almost ten years on...

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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Brazil 45's

Feb 04, 2015

Thanks to the number of fantastic releases and artists on the label, we are continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations into 2015. Today, it's the turn of one of our latest our sub-label ventures, launched in 2014, Brazil 45's: Brazil 45s is a 7" reissue series focussing on sought after 'golden era' 1960s and 1970s Brazilian music by greats such as Jorge Ben, Marcos Valle, Elza...

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The Mr Bongo Record Club - Episode 5 with guest selector Mark GV Taylor

Feb 02, 2015

This month we welcome special guest Mark GV Taylor to the Mr Bongo Record Club radio show. Mark is the man behind Blue Brazil 3 on Blue Note and the Americana compilations on BBE. He currently runs a regular session in London called Reference Point at Three Kings, Clerkenwell first Saturday of the month - be sure to check it out.Follow...

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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Hollie Cook

Jan 26, 2015

Thanks to the number of fantastic releases and artists on the label, we are continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations into 2015. Today we look back at Hollie Cook: We have been working with Hollie since the release of her self titled album back in 2011 and accompanying singles That Very Night, Body Beat and Walking In The Sand, all produced by...

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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: 'Hareton Salvanini - Hareton & Meta'

Jan 21, 2015

Thanks to the number of fantastic releases and artists on the label, we are continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations into 2015. Today we look back at one of our favourite releases from 2014, Hareton Salvanini's 'Hareton & Meta' EP. It's always a treat for us to discover something from the 'golden era' of Brazilian music that we didn't know about. Even more...

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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Blo - Chapter One

Jan 13, 2015

Thanks to the number of fantastic releases and artists on the label, we are continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations into 2015. Today we celebrate the re-issue of 'Chapter One' by the mighty 'Blo'. Blo were a trio from Nigeria, the name an acronym of the founding members’ names – Berkely ‘Ike’ Jones on guitar, Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi on drums and Mike ‘Gbenga’...

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Brazil 45's 17 & 18 by Marcos Valle, Toni Tornado, Ely Carmago & Trio Esperenca out now

Jan 07, 2015

The seventeenth and eighteenth releases on our must have 7" re-issue imprint 'Brazil 45s' are in stock now: Brazil 45 number 17: A. Ely Camargo - TaieirasAA. Trio Esperenca - Nao Aguento VoceEly Camargo - Taieiras Taieiras features on Ely’s 1972 album ‘Cantos Da Minha Gente’ on RCA. She recorded 12 albums between 1960 and 1983. We know very little about her and there is little...

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