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Announcing our new Africa 45's imprint

Jun 26, 2015

Africa 45’s is Mr Bongo’s brand new series of sought-after tracks from across the African continent. We've dug deep and cut these loud on 45rpm 7” vinyl. This essential collection for collectors and DJ's features giants of African music such as Ethiopia's Mulatu Astatke, Orchestra Baobab of Senegal, Ghana's K. Frimpong, Ebo Taylor and some lesser known gems for you...

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New Orson Welles films – Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight, Immortal Story, Too Much Johnson

Jun 18, 2015

We are extremely proud to announce the release of three films by legendary director Orson Welles – 'Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight – 50th Anniversary Restored Edition', 'The Immortal Story' and 'Too Much Johnson' on DVD and Blu-ray. The films have been released as part of the ongoing Welles centenary celebrations taking place in 2015. Browse the titles, watch trailers and clips,...

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The Mr Bongo Record Club - Episode 9, with guest selector Sam Telford

Jun 03, 2015

Listen to episode 9 of our monthly all-vinyl radio show, with special guest selector Sam Telford aka 'Ye Ye Fever', playing West African, Cape Verde and Brazilian selections. Plus hosts Graham Luckhurst, Gareth Stephens and Ville Marttila.  1. John Klemmer - Free Soul2. Jon Lucien - Search For The Inner Self3. Sylvester Jackson - I Want A Lot4. Holidays -...

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 3

May 12, 2015

The final instalment in Gareth Stephens investigations into the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have found their way into various samplers and hard drives. Claudia  Brazilian artist Claudia is a Mr Bongo HQ favourite and here her song Deixa Eu Dizer (the first releases in our Brazil 45's series) gets used in both House and Hip Hop.         Mulatu Astatké A...

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Flavia Coelho's 'Mundo Meu', out today

May 11, 2015

Flavia Coelho 'Mundo Meu' album is out today. Featuring German superstar Patrice, cult rapper Speech (Arrested Development), accordionist Fixi of Java and the legendary drummer Tony Allen. You can buy it here on our website, or download/stream from iTunes and Spotify

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 2

May 07, 2015

The second instalment of Gareth Stephens blog series, looking at the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have found their way into various samplers and hard drives. Azymuth Azymuth are no stranger to being sampled and are much loved by a diverse range of producers.       Marcos Valle Arguably one of the greats of Brazilian music, whether it be his...

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Cinema tour announcement: 'Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight' and 'Too Much Johnson'

May 07, 2015

This year is the centenary of the birth of Orson Welles. There are celebrations across the world, and that includes cinema screening of his celebrated works. Mr Bongo are releasing three Orson Welles films this year; Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight / Too Much Johnson / Immortal Story. They will be appearing in cinemas throughout the year and you can keep...

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Falstaff Chimes At Midnight (50th Anniversary Edition) - Official Trailer

May 05, 2015

To celebrate the centenary of Orson Welles’ birth, Mr Bongo Films is delighted to announce the release of a brand new restored 50th Anniversary Edition of his masterpiece Falstaff Chimes at Midnight. One of the most radical and groundbreaking of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes at Midnight was Orson Welles’ favourite of his films. It has also long been a firm...

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The Mr Bongo Record Club – Episode 8, available now

May 01, 2015

Episode 8 of our monthly, 2-hour, all-vinyl radio show is now available for your listening pleasure. With resident selectors Graham Luckhurst, Ally Smith, Gareth Stephens and Ville Marttila. Hugh Masekela – Actin’ Like A Fool Funk Inc. – Let’s Make Peace And Stop The War Shuggie Otis – Inspiration/Information Leon Thomas – China Doll Horace Silver – Open Up Your...

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Mr Bongo: Sampled – Part 1

Apr 29, 2015

The enormous influence the Incredible Bongo Band have had on beat makers and producers has often been documented. We thought it was time for our resident encyclopaedia of music, Gareth Stephens, to look back at the lesser-known tracks from the Mr Bongo catalogue that have also found their way into samplers and hard drives: Labi Siffre Labi Siffre’s 'I Got The…', as featured...

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