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Big Dave's Reggae selections

Dec 13, 2012

As you can probably tell from the artists that I work with here at Mr Bongo, I am passionate about reggae and dub. I have been collecting the music since the late 70's and still feel the same buzz about the music now as I did back then. In this post I have pulled together five of my all time...

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Mr Bongo and the Rio Breaks Favela Surf Club

Dec 12, 2012

In November, 2012 I flew to Brazil for 2 weeks. During that time I had the opportunity to meet up with Rogerio, the founder of the Favela Surf Club in Rio de Janeiro. Those of you who have seen the film Rio Breaks will have heard of the Surf Club, and for those that haven’t I strongly recommend you check...

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Mr Bongo favourite arthouse film posters (part one)

Dec 12, 2012

Printing our new posters for Santa Sangre, Rio Breaks and Sons Of Cuba got us in the mood for a bit of digging again, this time for some classic film artwork. Here are a few picks from this afternoon's searches: Midnight Cowboy by John Schlesinger Weekend At Bernies by Ted Kotcheff Hourglass Sanatorium by Wojciech Has Kabaret by Bob Fosse Metropolis by...

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Dom Salvador interview

Dec 11, 2012

Vinil é Arte interviewed Dom Salvador ahead of his performance for COPA FEST in 2010.  We have released two of his Salvador Trio albums this year so we thought it was worth posting as it's a great read: Vinil é Arte: Did you enjoy music during your childhood? Dom: I am from Rio and was born into a very musical...

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Massive Attack share unreleased Terry Callier music as a tribute

Dec 06, 2012

Massive Attack's 3D has paid tribute to the later Terry Callier by posting a new mixtape of their collaborations together online - listen below. The influential folk singer passed away at the end of October, collaborated with the Bristol group on his own 2009 album Hidden Conversations, though these recordings date from 2005. "We reloaded the Terry Callier tapes from 2005. It felt right to...

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Bongo Hip Hop favourites

Dec 06, 2012

We have a long history in selling, distributing and pressing hip-hop records here at Mr Bongo. I remember my trips to the shop in the mid to late nineties, and the excitment when the mail-order record lists arrived in the post. I'd take the train up to London to buy the newest imports, and spend a good hour looking through...

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Classic African vinyl digs

Dec 06, 2012

C.K. Mann’s ‘Funky Highlife’ saw the launch of our classic African Recordings series. This series will also include two Ebo Taylor albums and more artists to be confirmed.  We asked Brighton vinyl fiend and Jazz Rooms resident Gareth Stephens to select some classic African Recordings that you should hunt down. Some are rare, some not so rare, but all have...

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Top 5 adverts using Brazilian music

Dec 05, 2012

With the interest in Brazil growing thanks to some recent high profile media coverage, and a couple of rather large forthcoming events (World Cup, Olympics), your televisions will soon be inundated with brands aligning themselves with Brazilian music to get you excited about their products.  So here at Bongo HQ, our music supervisor Jane took a moment to look back...

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The story of C.K Mann & His Carousel 7 ‘Funky Highlife’

Dec 05, 2012

We have received a fantastic reaction to the re-issue of the C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7's classic album ‘Funky Highlife’. We are of course really pleased, as this release is the first in our new series of Classic African Recordings (more info to come). The back-story behind C.K Mann and the ‘Funky Highlife’ album is interesting in itself and...

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Reflections on Terry Callier's memorial concert

Dec 05, 2012

The Terry Callier memorial concert that took place last Thursday was a resounding success and a very special evening.  A fitting tribute to such a great man.  Here are some words on the event from David, the founder of Mr Bongo, who worked with Terry across six album projects: "The night was arranged and promoted by Adrian Gibson who took...

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