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Karol Conka European tour dates announced

Feb 04, 2014

We are extremely excited to reveal dates for Karol Conka's debut European tour to coincide with her 'Batuk Freak' album release in April on Mr Bongo: 21st March @ 104, Paris, FR - Tickets22d March @ Le Plan, Ris-Orangis, FR - Tickets29th March @ La Coopérative de Mai, Clermont Ferrant, FR3rd April @ La Linea, Concrete, London, UK - Tickets4th April @...

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Incredible Bongo Band 40th Anniversary Edition Vinyl LP's

Jan 29, 2014

Two very special Incredible Bongo Band records landed at Bongo HQ this week. Read on to find out more. Bongo Rock For the first time since its release in 1973: a genuine, bona fide reissue of the classic record which became a foundation of rap and popular music, packaged as it would have been seen on the shelves in 1973....

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Soviet posters of the silent screen: 17th January - 29 March

Jan 07, 2014

GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in collaboration with Antikbar is pleased to present ‘Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen’. As the UK/Russia year of culture begins, this exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters and is co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker. The 1920s saw...

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Mr Bongo presents Brazil 45's

Jan 06, 2014

We are very proud to unveil our brand new imprint - Brazil 45s - a series of sought after 'golden era' 1960s and 1970s Brazilian music pressed on 7" vinyl. Brazil 45s will include rare and sought after tracks previously unreleased as singles or only available on quieter LP pressings. Finding these tracks in good condition and at reasonable prices is...

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2013 release round-up

Dec 18, 2013

We released some great music and film in 2013. Here is the full round-up: Runaway Orchestra - Runaway Orchestra - CD / downloadTaking a slight turn from our regular output we released Runaway Orchestra’s self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Ebo Taylor - Ebo...

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Brazil's World Cup host cities: where to find the best music

Dec 11, 2013

Written by Lewis Robinson for The Guardian With just over six months until the football World Cup finals in Brazil, it won't be long before we're deluged by a wave of TV adverts cashing in on a stereotypical version of Brazilian music – easy-listening bossa nova or energetic, percussion-driven Brazilian carnival batucadas. Here Lewis Robinson, head of alternative Brazilian record label Mais Um...

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Mr Bongo Staff - Favourite Releases Of 2013

Dec 10, 2013

2014 is nearly upon us, and as is customary for this time of year the team here at Mr Bongo have put our heads together and compiled a list of our favourite releases on the label in 2013. Each team member had to refine their choice to just two releases each, but as you can see, there have been some...

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Wild Style 30th Anniversary Party - London 7th December

Dec 04, 2013

First released in 1983, Wild Style‘s position as the definitive hip-hop movie remains pretty much unassailable. The film, which follows the travails of graffiti artist Zoro as he falls in love and dodges the feds, serves as a manifesto for New York’s fledgling B-Boy culture, featuring classic rapping, breaking and graffing set-pieces. Grandmaster Flash, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee and...

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Setting the scene: Salvador by Jody Gillett

Dec 02, 2013

An exclusive extract from Sounds and Colours Brazil, their brand new book focused on Brazilian music and culture. Written by Jody Gillett. Bass Is The Place Bahia is the state with the strongest African heritage in Brazil. For three hundred years, until abolition in 1888, Salvador was a major centre of the slave trade to the Americas. As a result, Salvador...

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Brighton Pop Up Record Shop, December 6th and 7th

Nov 14, 2013

The first annual Brighton Pop-Up Record Shop will be appearing at 102 Gloucester Rd, Brighton on 6th and 7th December. Drop in and check out records from Brighton and London based labels including ourselves, Tru Thoughts, Freshly Squeezed, Fat Cat, Pink Mist, Love Thy Neighbour, Donky Pitch, Destroy All Records, Donuts and Raygun Records with more to be announced. There will also be DJ sets from artists on the labels, these...

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