originally released in 1981 via elite / mca records, ‘en trance’ is a joyous album that arguably represents the pinnacle of the brit-funk sound. the band consisted of bassist, and keyboardist lester j. batchelor, drummer ray johnson, guitarist andy sojka, saxophonist stewart cawthorne, singer and guitarist tony antonio and producer jerry pike. the album captures the excitement of these exceptional players demonstrating utmost originality in the studio. more atmosfear and elite records reissues are available/coming soon on mr bongo, including ‘xtra special’ and ‘dancing in outer space’ on 12”. official mr bongo reissue. remastered. licensed from chemical discs.
‘fug’ and ‘brothers on the slide’ are two classic, essential cymande tracks. taken from their ‘second time round’ and ‘promised heights’ lp’s, respectively. mastered from original tapes to create the best possible reproduction, cut loud on 7” vinyl. official mr bongo reissue, in a picture sleeve.
a matter of time is the follow-up to protoje’s critically acclaimed 2015 full-length, ancient future, which featured the hit single “who knows” ft chronixx, which has garnered over 69 million views on youtube & 5.9 million soundcloud streams. a matter of time features chronixx and mortimer, and contains the smash hit singles ‘blood money’, ‘truth & rights’, ‘bout noon’ and ‘no guarantees’. ‘a matter of time’ was produced by winta james (damian marley, anthony b, the mighty diamonds) and recorded in jamaica.
first official reissue of the extremely rare full-length album by lagos-based bandleader shina williams. clean copies of the original currently sell for up to £500. the record was born in 1979 when shina put biddy wright, fred fisher, saliu alabi, prince bola, tutu shoronmu, tunde willimas and several other decorated nigerian musicians – who played with the likes of fela kuti, sjob movement, sonny okoson, king bucknor amongst others – together to record. the result is ‘african dances’, a timeless fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco. includes his most well-known song, ‘agboju logun’ that williams knew was ground breaking – “i want to show the whole wide world that africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,”. this album version is a different mix to the two-track 12” that came out under on earthworks, rough trade in 1984. official mr bongo reissue. replica original artwork. licensed direct from shina williams.
‘pat thomas introduces marijata’ is a seminal ghanian album that fuses highlife, reggae, folk, funk and soul, from legendary vocalist pat thomas. originally released in 1976 on gapophone records. ‘marijata’ was a group made up of three members – kofi ‘electric’ addison on drums, bob fischlan on organ and nat osmanu on guitar, hailing from ghana. pat thomas career began in 1969 with the ‘broadway dance band’, leaving a year later to join the ‘uhuru dance band’. he then played with ebo taylor’s ‘blue monks’ and finally formed the ‘sweet beans’ in 1973 where he really made his name. the group released ‘false lover’ in 1974, split and then reformed as marijata, releasing ‘marijata’ (also available on mr bongo) and this album, ‘pat thomas introduces marijata’. thomas career spans more than 50 years and he still tours regularly across the world. replica original artwork, official mr bongo reissue. licensed from gapophone records courtesy of george prah.
official mr bongo reissue. replica original cover artwork. recorded in 1978, this is a latter-period gem from the larger than life legend, combining the glitz and glamour of disco’s heyday with maia’s raw funk and soul roots. for “disco club”, maia left his usual band and went into the legendary estudios level with an ensemble of rio’s finest including paulinha braga on drums, jamil joanes on bass, robson jorge on clarinet, hyldon de souza on guitar, sidinho on percussion, trombonists edmundo maciel and darcy seixas, and juarez assis on tenor sax. arranger and keyboardist lincoln olivetti was a crucial presence during these sessions – he added the all-important string flourish and brassy joy to the uptempo tracks, leaving maia enough room to express himself.
for this album, ebo joined forces with 12-piece band ‘the pelikans’ — from the cape coast region of ghana — led by bessa simmona, with rhythm guitarist fifi orleans lindsay. a genuine ‘holy-grail’ of ghanaian music and one of ebo’s most saught-after.
the album was released on the small abookyi label. named after a nightclub they played in called pelikans, and sung in english and fante, this was the first album where ebo sang on tracks, such as the classic ‘come along’, on which he also plays keyboard. this song clearly defined a new direction in highlife and has become a ghanaian funk anthem. ‘come along’ formed the basis of sadat x’s ‘remember that’ hip hop jam from 2011.
this official mr bongo re-issue is packaged in our new & improved heavyweight ‘tip-on’ sleeves, printed in japan, pressed on high quality vinyl, audio restored to the best of our ability, with label designs and artwork as per the original release.
sivuca s legendary brazilian cover of the bill withers classic ‘ain’t no sunshine’ was a big hit on the rare groove scene and still sounds amazing today.
we’ve also included his amazing cover of edu lobo’s ‘ponteio’ on the flip – both where originally released on sivuca’s self titled album from 1973 on vanguard.
one for the heads! a rare female vocal double header, starting with dalila’s 1968 gem “canto chorando” originally released on a sort after compacto 45 on copacabana.
on the flip – a copacabana 7” release in the form of neyde alexandre’s 1971 song “perplexidade”, with a fantastic break intro, horn stabs and lush vocals. one of our favourite brazil 45’s.
official mr bongo reissue. licensed from george prah, founder of gapophone records.
marijata was a group made up of three members – kofi electric addison on drums, bob fischlan on organ and nat osmanu on guitar, hailing from ghana. ‘this is marijata’ is the groups first lp, released originally on the gapophone label – it is pure, rootsy, raw, driving african funk music of the highest order, now highly sought-after in both its original and previously reissued forms.
master jazz pianist tenorio jr. aka francisco tenório júnior only recorded this one album, “embalo”, originally released on rge in 1964. rumour has it that he was arrested and thrown in jail (and possibly even murdered) while on tour with toquinho and vinicius de moraes in argentina in 1976. he has not been seen since...
the official mr bongo re-issue.
banda black rio’s ‘maria fumaca’ is one of the strongest brazilian samba-disco-funk-soul-fusion albums of all time. as regularly played by theo parrish, gilles peterson and co.
the second release in our mr bongos latin 45s series.
nico gomez was born in holland before moving to belgium in the late 40s. we have previously released his seminal *ritual* lp on mr bongo, and it remains one of our favourite albums of all time. *aquarela* and *rio* are both taken from his *bossa nova* lp released on omega international in 1972. *aquarela* was also on 7 inch on odeon/emi in france in the same year.
‘mais kriola’ first appeared on brazilian beats brooklyn compilation put together by greg caz and sean marquand for us in 2006. it’s a lovely laid back mid tempo boogie/soul/fusion jam. originally appeared on matheus self-titled lp from 1975.
‘maita’ is a wonderful piece of warm, upbeat mpb from doris monteiro. originally appeared on her ‘agora’ lp from 1976, released by odeon.
ghanaian legend ebo taylor returns with perhaps his finest album to date. but don’t take our word for it. that’s coming straight from the man himself. and he should know after more than 60 years in the business.
a danny krivit and harvey favourite, as sampled by j dilla and glenn underground – a dubby disco cover of the o’jays classic. replica original 7” artwork, official mr bongo reissue, mastered from original dat.
‘the original sound of burkina faso’ follows the hugely successful ‘the original sound of mali’ compilation released in march this year, also on mr bongo. here we have a collection of songs that pay tribute to a truly golden age of music, touching on folk, funk, blues, highlife, disco, psyche, latin, rock and soul.
razor-sharp production of the highest order from two of the masters of the early 80’s rio de janeiro boogie sound, robson jorge and lincoln olivetti.
both were highly acclaimed music producers of the time, starting around the mid-70’s. over the course of his career olivetti worked with artists including rita lee, erasmo carlos, don beto, marcos valle, tim maia, gilberto gil, gal costa, sandra sa, painel de controle and many more.
the album takes in mid-tempo, aor, boogie and even latin all way through the tempo’s to ultra-quick prince style disco-funk workouts. includes several standout tracks – ‘aleluia’ and ’ginga’ being our two favourites. synths, horns, claps, drum machines, guitars, keys and vocal harmonies combine effortlessly.
originally released in 1982 on som livre, brazil. replica original reproduction.
the first instalment in our new ‘mr bongo record club’ compilation series – a selection of favourites, recent discoveries and sought after obscurities, which form the basis of our dj sets and our radio show of the same name. including cuts by claudia, cortex, dave pike set, fruko, neno exporta som, connie laverne, barbosa and more.
dj support from jeremy underground paris, disclosure, mr saturday night, luke howard / horse meat disco, detroit swindle, tim sweeney / beats in space, hunnee, laurent garnier and more.
‘deixa rodar’ is an essential midtempo disco/boogie jam taken from hanna’s ‘deixa rodar’ lp from 1979. a tip off from our good friend mark ‘gv’ taylor, played at the first of our ‘braziloid’ sessions on brighton sea front.
the official mr bongo reissue.
‘os orixas’ is rich in layered percussion, horns and guitars. singer eloah’s lead vocals are reminiscent of the likes of ellen mcilwaine, elza soares and joyce. samba, funk, folk, jazz and mpb over ijexa and african grooves, that combine beautifully across the moods. os orixas refers to one of the manifestations of the ’supreme god’ in the yoruba faith.
originally released in 1975 on gapophone records, george prah’s label, hailing from ghana. only available in very limited quantity (reportedly 500 copies) due to the musical vacuum imposed by the military dictatorship in the country at the time. laid back, lush, highlife vibrations from start to finish, with noticeable reggae influences throughout.
originally released in 1978 on philips-west african-records. classic highlife sounds, uptempo grooves, vocals, tons of percussion, guitar, horns and organ lines. featuring the stand-out ‘atwer abroba’.
the fourth title in mr bongos latin 45s series.
tito puente, often referred to as the king of latin music, was a master timbales player, composer and band leader born in harlem, new york. his music appeared in many films including the mambo kings and fernando truebas calle 54. tito appeared in several television shows including sesame street, the cosby show and the simpsons. *black brothers* is taken from the self-title 1973 fania lp by tito puente & his concert ocrhestra. it has never been released on 7 inch. *hit the bongo* was originally released in 1970 on 7 inch by tico. it also appeared on the tico lp *pa lante! straight!* in the same year.
the very first release in mr bongos latin 45s series.
band leader, arranger and pianist pete rodriguez *i like it like that* is a well know, all time classic taken from the 1966 lp *i like it like that (a mi me gusta asi)*, also released on 7 inch in 1967, both on new york based alegre records, which was eventually sold to fania records. *i like it like that* bizarrely ended up being used by odeon cinemas in the uk as their pre-trailer branding track!
*subway joe* by joe bataan, a true latin soul classic, taken from the seminal album of the same name, released by fania in 1968. bataan was a very succesful pianist, singer and band leader born in new york.
the second release on our brazil 45s imprint. 1000 press, packaged in brazil 45s house bags.
*nega, neguinha* was released by a brazilian plastics manufacturer, sir, whose owner started a labour-of-love record label. the track became an underground hit on the samba rock scene in sao paulo when local djs picked up on it.
*luiza manequim* was originally released on 7 inch by odeon in 1972.
the first release on our brazil 45s imprint. 1000 press, packaged in brazil 45s house bags.
*deixa eu dizer* is an absolute essential brazilian record, as sampled by marcelo d2 on one of our favourite brazilian hip hop records *desafabo*. the track features on her stunning album of the same name has never been released on 7 inch.
cizinhas track was originally released on rozenblit and has been a firm favourite of ours for a while, although we know nothing about the track.
vinyl lp includes mp3 download for all tracks on the cd version.
c.k. mann made his name as a virtuous guitar player in ghana when he played with moses kweku oppong in the kakaikus guitar band in the early 60s. he then became the leader of the band oceans strings until 1966. in 1968, he enjoyed a hit with the single >edina benya<.
mann was known for blending authentic african music with european influences. he was inspired by latin american music and created a style all of his own. he became known as the king of highlife in ghana in the 70s, when he released the record >nimpa rebre< featuring vocals from pat thomas and kofi yankwon.
mr bongo is extremely proud to announce the much-anticipated release of the next installment from the legendary prince fatty. prince fatty versus the drunken gambler is a mix of hip hop fantasy and reggae reality. a true tale of betrayal and revenge. when prince fatty discovers that his former master has indeed turned to the dark side, a broken oath releases 10 fatal strikes of sound system specials. only prince fatty can stop the drunken gamblers evil plan, but to do so, he must first battle the deadly team of >disco monks< that will stop at nothing in the service of their overlord.
flavio lira (aka flaviola) only recorded one album, which was released on lula cortes solar (rozenblit) imprint. even now the album sounds astonishingly fresh, full of native acoustic brazilian instruments, folk guitars he even crinkled cellophane into the microphone to get a uniquely trippy effect. it is a contemporary sounding album that features the likes of ze de flauta, lula côrtes and robertinho de recife.