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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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Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) - brand new documentary

Dec 04, 2012

Our very good friend Renato over at Funk na Caixa is about as on the money as it gets when it comes to new electronic Brazilian music styles and his blog is a constant source of music for us. Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) is a brand new documentary about the journey and current state of [Baile] Funk music in Sao...

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Mr Bongo 2012 staff picks

Dec 04, 2012

2012 has been a very productive year for us at Mr Bongo HQ, with over 30 music and 10 films titles.  Here are some personal favourites from the Bongo team, we hope you enjoy them as much as we have. Jane Prince Fatty ft. Hollie Cook - And The Beat Goes On "My favourite Bongo track from 2012 has got to...

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Mr Bongo Spotify Playlists: Brazil

Dec 03, 2012

Here at Mr Bongo we like to introduce people to music; new, classic or rare. And seeing as a lot of you are on Spotify we decided to launch a new series - Spotify Playlists. Our Spotify playlists will feature essential musics selected by the Mr Bongo team. We will be covering a wide spectrum of genres and artists and...

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Brazilian Disco

Nov 27, 2012

Whenever I think of disco I am instantly drawn to the night-life of New York City in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The golden period for disco may forever be associated with that scene, but disco was a truly global phenomenon. Brazil was also locked into the groove. I knew there must be a lot of classic tracks that...

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Literary, Artistic and Political: The films of Glauber Rocha

Nov 20, 2012

Another great article from Sounds & Colours on the legendary Brazilian director Glauber Rocha. If the accolade ‘polymath’ can apply to someone who excels at a multitude of humanities and arts subjects, rather than just the sciences, then Glauber Rocha certainly was one. During his comparatively short but intensely influential career he tried his hand at everything from journalism and radical left politics...

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Introducing Horseman

Nov 14, 2012

Horseman, real name Winston Williams, has been honing his drumming and MCing skills for close to three decades now and has worked with the likes of Tippa Irie, Max Romeo, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minot among others. For the last few years heʼs been the resident drummer and MC for Prince Fatty and Hollie Cook. Horsemove, the first single from his forthcoming album...

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Sounds & Colours interview Criolo

Nov 14, 2012

Criolo is one of the most important musicians to come out of Brazil in some time. His last album Nó Na Orelha, a mix of hip-hop, samba and MPB, was the album of the year at the 2011 Brazilian Music Video Awards (an event where he duetted with Caetano Veloso); he has performed in New York, London and across Europe; been featured...

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