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    Belgium, not the first place you’d think of when it comes to Latin or Afro funk Yet one of the greatest records to blend both styles came from the small northern European country, masterminded by Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc 'Ritual' is a perfect example of the kind of experimentation that was rife in the 70s and...
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    ‘The Original Sound of Mali’ compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, Vik Sohonie (Ostinato Records) and 
Florent Mazzoleni As featured as 'Compilation of the Week' on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music show Malian music is a deep, lyrical form of African music Those of us deeply entranced by Malian culture, and, in particular,...
  • Beautiful compilation from Afro7 of songs from Somali artists, originally released on 7"'s on the Light & Sound label in the 70's A unique blend of funky and traditional grooves with unique voicing Fans of Ethiopian music check...
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    Rich, deep, percussive soulful folk album from master Togolese singer, Akofa Akoussah The album moves through uptempo afro-folk-funk on ‘Tango’ to deep ballads of ‘Ramer Sans Rame’ and ‘I Tcho Tchass’ and lighter moments on ‘G Blem Di’ and ‘Mitso Aseye’ Akofas exceptional songs and soaring vocals are decorated...
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    Far to the north-east of Brazil’s twin musical capitals of Rio and São Paulo, lies the city of Recife, in the state of Pernambuco During the country’s lengthy and oppressive military dictatorship (1964-1985), a cadre of like-minded and socially conscientious musicians were quietly building their own music scene, away from the...
  • Olli Ahvenlahti is a Finnish pianist, composer and conductor, born in Helsinki, Finland in 1949 A pianist, composer and conductor, Ahvenlahti has been one of leading Finnish Jazz artists since the 70s He has recorded with several artists and groups including UMO Jazz Orchestra (1977-1982) He went on to become conductor for...
  • January 12th, 2020, a Sunday night in Toronto - Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty (of BADBADNOTGOOD fame) are reunited at Burdock for a live improvised Jazz session The pair are joined on stage by bassist Julian Anderson - Bowes and drummer Matt Chalmers as part of Burdock’s Piano Fest, an annual event at the city's brewery and...
  • Love for Atmosfear was born out of the underground UK dance scene of the early 1980s; from nightclubs, pirate radio shows and soul weekenders A localised scene that went on to have a global influence The band’s most notable track ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ is a certified classic It was a chart hit in the UK and was also...
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    Curating the tracks for a Mr Bongo Record Club compilation is always such a pleasure At a time when the expression "Music is My Sanctuary" has an even greater cathartic impact for many people, we set out to make this volume an extra special one - like an old favourite mixtape or playlist For Volume 4 in this series, we continue...
  • Déjàvu' is the debut solo album from Matthew Tavares, aka Matty Originally released in 2018 as a digital only release, it now sees the physical release it rightly deserves Produced with his good friend, the acclaimed producer / songwriter Frank Dukes, ' Déjàvu' emerged during a period of rest for Matthew after heavy touring...
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    Being the humble guys that they are, Surprise Chef aren't going to admit they have something very special going down However, there must be some magic in their studio, or maybe in the fact they all share a house and have formed close bonds, or perhaps from absorbing the DIY ethos of running their own record label that has...
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    From her early days raised as a youth in Bombay, Asha Puthli initially trained in Indian classical music and opera, but over time gravitated towards contemporary western pop, upon discovering talents like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dusty Springfield After making a name for herself in her native country, she found her...
  • The lyrics of Sir Joe Quarterman's 'I've Got So Much Trouble In My Mind' resonate now as much as they did back in 1972 Problems at work, pollution, confusion, and addiction are universal stresses regardless of time and place By encapsulating these social injustices within an anthemic song there is little wonder this powerful...

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