Aug 28, 2013
In August we were asked to select our top 20 Brazilian bangers for the guys over at The Vinyl Factory. The brief was simple; hit us with 20 Brazilian classic tracks that never fail to work a dance-floor. Mr Bongo's Graham Luckhurst stepped up to the task and made the selections. In this post we bring you the first...
Aug 15, 2013
It is no secret that here at Mr Bongo we are big fans of the legendary director Satyajit Ray. Satyajit Ray is one of cinema’s truest Renaissance men and we were delighted to get the opportunity to release 4 of his classic films; ‘Company Limited’, ‘Goddess’, ‘The Stranger’, ‘Two Daughters’. Many critics and fans agree that he ‘transformed the face of Indian cinema',...
Aug 07, 2013
Cerys Matthews is joined by Lewis Robinson from the Mais Um Discos record label to chat about the music scene in Brazil and it's rich history.
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Aug 06, 2013
Ten years after a Rio de Janeiro slum called Cidade de Deus (City of God) burst into the world's consciousness with the hit film of the same name, very little has changed for the residents and the actors have enjoyed mixed fortunes, writes Donna Bowater. In one of the ubiquitous street-side bars in the west of Rio de Janeiro, Leandro...
Aug 02, 2013
The third instalment of our Brazilian Beatz Podcast is now live, assembled by our very good friend DJ Vivo direct from Rio de Janeiro. This 'Mixtura' episode features Brazilian indie pop and remixed/produced music from the north east of the country. Silva - A Visita Cícero - Tempo de Pipa Tulipa Ruiz - Quando Eu Achar Curumin - Passarinho Academia...
Aug 01, 2013
There were a flurry of exchanges between David Maclean of Django Django and ourselves on Twitter this week, talking about some of our favourite independent hip hop records from the 90's when our record shops were in full swing. We got quite excited about it as we always do. Dave was kind enough to put together 10 of his favourites for...
Jul 24, 2013
Legendary singer Gilberto Gil takes us on a musical journey around the world, exploring the power of culture, politics, and music with a series of concerts and conversations. Gil visits Australia, South Africa and his native Brazil, meeting politicians, artists and composers on his travels, seeking to understand and honour the past, while looking to technology and music to help create new...
Jul 22, 2013
Once again our friends over at Sounds & Colours come up with the goods: As part of the research for our Sounds and Colours Brazil book/CD (due in Sept 2013) we have been speaking to all manner of cultural agitators, including Marcelo Costa of the indefatigable Scream & Yell blog, one of our trusted sources for finding out about the best new music, books and films...
Jul 18, 2013
Second up in our series of Staff Picks from the Mr Bongo catalogue is Marketing Master, Matt Neale. Matt picked Atmosfear 'Dancing in Outer Space', and here's why... Atmosfear 'Dancing In Outer Space' is a Jazz-Funk anthem that after its release in 1979 went on to become a true underground classic. It almost made the top 40 singles chart here...
Jul 17, 2013
Sounds And Colours interview 'Tropicalia' director Marcelo Machado: Between July 1967 and October 1969 a group of Brazilian musicians created a musical movement known as tropicália. Inspired by Brazilian music, art, literature, theatre and cinema as well as The Beatles and Rolling Stones, they created a style of music that was seen as being so revolutionary that it’s two lead protagonists...