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Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai

Well for once, the press release -- "one of the greatest albums ever made" -- sounds less like the usual over-enthusiastic blurb (hyperbole) and more in keeping with widely-held muso opinion. Arthur Verocai's self-titled solo record was a masterpiece produced, directed and created by the self-taught musician. Original copies of the 1972 classic recorded in Rio de Janeiro now fetch a heck of a lot of £££'s so here is a repress of the 2012 re-master supervised by the maestro Verocai himself. Truly music that transcends genre. Comes packaged in replica gatefold with artwork true to the original. On Mr Bongo records.

Skull Snaps
Skull Snaps

Despite what the cover may lead you to believe, Skull Snaps were a soul/funk act. The band were an enigma, no one knew who they were and this self-titled LP was their only one. What you’d probably like to know is that it contains the track It’s A New Day, the drum intro of which has been sampled by DJ Shadow, Digable Planets and Eric B & Rakim, among others. That makes it a fairly essential purchase, doesn't it? Reissue LP and CD on Mr. Bongo with sleeve notes by Anton Spice.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP184)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP175)
  • Label(s):
  • Mr Bongo

Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco

Some ultra-rare boogie Lagos here. Originally issued in 1980 and long lost to the annals of time, Tunde Mabadu’s Viva Disco is Nigerian disco par excellence. The tunes here boast ten-tonne grooves, and the slightly distorted recording only adds to their energy and verve. Anyone with an ear for the likes of Joni Haastrup, Shina Williams, Christy Essien and the like should head over this way. Re-released via Mr Bongo.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP170)

This Is Marijata

This is Marijata - or, at least, the afro-funk outfit's gorgeous debut album. Raw, organic and consistently laid back, this re-issued format does a sound job of reminding us of quite how sweet the formula of this forgotten trio was. Initially released from Gapophone label, this is the cream of the Ghanian crop.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP150)
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  • Last copy

Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apocalipse was the group's only release, but both tracks fizz with energy and spark. Neatly prefaces the tropicalia/psych-rock explosion that OM would spearhead a few years later.
  • Vinyl 7" (MRB7136)

Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the second instalment in a series it’s actually the band’s debut full-length and dates back to 1976. These are eight premium pieces of Lagos boogie similar to contemporaries The Funkees and Monomono.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP163)
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  • Last copy

Jackson Sisters
Jackson Sisters

Reissued at last -- the first official reissue in decades -- by the always reliable Mr Bongo, it's the Jackson Sisters with their eponymous and only LP. Now regarded as a classic in the soul and funk genre, Jackson Sisters includes the massive rare groove hit, "I Believe In Miracles". They and the track were sampled many times but perhaps most notably by Public Enemy on their 1990 LP 'Fear Of A Black Planet'. Includes 9 other well crafted slices of funk, soul and pop: plus liner notes from Charles Waring.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP161)

Luis Perez
Ipan In Xiktli Metzli

Interesting one, this. Luis Perez was one of the first people to undertake detailed research on the pre-colonial musical traditions of his native Mexico. In the early 80s, after almost a decade of travelling the country and recording the folk musics of the Maya, Nahuatl, Mazateco, Yoemem, Comcaac, Raramuri, Wixarika and other ethnic groups, the Mexican government sponsored Perez to make an LP that fused some of these sounds with his own brand of psychedelic electronica. The resulting LP, Ipan In Xiktli Metzli (Nahuatl for In The Navel Of The Moon), began a resurgence in interest in native Mexican music that continues to this day. Heard now, the likes of ‘Ketzalkoatl Yauh Miktlan’ could have been an influence on Animal Collective’s Feels. This reissue from Mr. Bongo includes the original listening instructions. 
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP154)
  • £22.99 £17.24 (saving: £5.75)
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  • Last copy

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances

Despite the slew of compilations and reissues of music from 70s and 80s Lagos in the recent years, relatively little attention has been given to Shina Williams. The Nigerian band leader was one of the finest exponents of the funky Lagos style that fused Afrobeat, reggae, disco, highlife and more. There are few instances where his sound is in fuller effect than African Dances. One of these three lengthy dancefloor smashes is the crucial ‘Agboju Logun’.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP168)
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  • Last copy

Disco Dub Band
For The Love Of Money

Doing what it says on the tin, this is a dubby disco cover of an old O Jays track that was later sampled by both J Dilla and Glenn Underground This kind of avant disco was later used by Arthur Russell in his Dinosaur L period. Official re-issue with replica original artwork mastered from the original DAT. 

Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata
Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata

  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP158)

Ebo Taylor
Yen Ara

At 82, you could forgive Ebo Taylor for taking it easy. After six decades in the game, he has nothing left to prove - a contemporary of Fela Kuti, an artist who has worked with the likes of Pat Thomas and one of the most celebrated musicians of post-independence Ghana. All of this leads us to one conclusion - he’s made his new LP Yen Ara because he still loves what he’s doing. One spin of tracks like the uproariously funky ‘Mumudey Mumudey’ proves this beyond dispute.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP155)

Burnier & Cartier
Burnier & Cartier

Brazil, 1974. Burnier & Cartier release this self-titled suite of super-fly boogie-jazz and disco-soul. Many have loved this music since then, but relatively few have owned it, due to low print runs and high prices. Thankfully Brighton’s Mr Bongo have stepped in with the reissue duties, allowing everybody to groove to this Brazilian wonder. LP with a replica of the original artwork.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP153)

Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk and disco grooves. Though reissued once in 1991, this is the first time Disco Club has resurfaced with the original track titles (they were changed for the 1991 pressing).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP156)
  • £20.99 £15.74 (saving: £5.25)
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  • Last copy

Ebo Taylor and The Pelicans
Ebo Taylor and The Pelikans

Ghanaian highlife hero Ebo Taylor gets the heavyweight reissue treatment from the ever-reliable Mr. Bongo for his rare and refined LP with The Pelikans. This is a gem of a record from one of the greats of West African grooves, all jubilant horns, loose funk and sweet soulful crooning from Taylor (on his first outing as a singer) with able assistance from Bessa Simmona and Fifi Orleans Lindsay.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP146)

The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso

Why not delve into the music of the West African nation of Burkina Faso? Come on now, Mr Bongo have made it easy for you with this juicy compilation. The Original Sound of Burkina Faso contains artists from across a range of genres, but with funky good times running through almost every track here. Comes with a booklet of liner notes and photos on CD and double LP formats.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MRBLP152)
  • CD (MRBCD152)
  • Label(s):
  • Mr Bongo

Gaby Hernandez
Spirit Reflection

LA singer-songwriter, Brainfeeder associate and Build An Ark founder Gaby Hernandez presents her third LP, Spirit Reflection. Expect a serene blend of electronics, acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies with that typically refreshing and breezy West Coast feel. Check the guests lining up here, too: Kamasi Washington, Lapalux, Kelis... the list goes on. Peterson approved of course.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP147)
  • CD (MRBCD147)

Incredible Bongo Band
Bongo Rock

Bongo Rock is a reissue of the 1973 album by The Incredible Bongo Band. If you we’re wondering where all of your favourite hip hop and dance acts sampled their beats from, there’s a good chance they got them from here. Everyone from Beastie Boys to Jay-Z, Goldie to Aphex Twin have delved into this rich resource for drum samples and inspiration.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP118)

Pedro Santos

This 1968 album by Pedro Santos makes the listener smile immediately with an opening volley of irresistible rhythm and brass fanfare. From there onwards, Krishnanda travels through some of the funkiest Brazilian music you ever heard, all with a definite psychedelic flavour. This joyous album is super-rare, but now Mr Bongo have reissued it!
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP139)
  • CD (MRBCD139)

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
Mudei De Ideia

The debut album of Antonio Carlos and Jocafi, who managed great success with their psychedelic take on samba and funk music in Brazil in the 70’s. Mudei De Ideia was initially released in 1971 and is reissued now by Mr Bongo, packaged in the psych-haze variation on the sleeve art (much nicer than the more straight-laced variation).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP140)
  • CD (MRBCD140)

Ebo Taylor
Twer Nyame

Ghana’s Ebo Taylor produced some thoroughly gorgeous highlife music in the 1970’s, comfortably relaxed and smooth-flowing. 1978’s Twer Nyame adds strong twists of jazz and afrobeat into the mix too. The political conditions at the time of release meant that these records were sparsely distributed at the time, so relish this timely reissue on Mr Bongo.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP131)
  • CD (MRBCD131)

Ebo Taylor
My Love and Music

Ghana’s Ebo Taylor produced some thoroughly gorgeous highlife music in the 1970’s, comfortably relaxed and smooth-flowing. The political conditions at the time of release meant that records like 1975’s My Love and Music were sparsely distributed at the time, so relish this timely reissue on Mr Bongo.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP132)
  • CD (MRBCD132)

C.K Mann & His Carousel 7
Asafo Beesuon Medley

Prince Fatty Versus Mungo's Hi Fi
Prince Fatty Versus Mungo's Hi Fi

Released on the much loved Mr Bongo record label, Prince Fatty Versus Mungo’s Hi Fi sees the group, Prince Fatty, take on Mungo’s Hi Fi’s reggae, dancehall tunes to layer on some extra dub vibes and build further on the fun, heavy reggae dance tunes from the reggae group. Available on CD or vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP110)

Incredible Bongo Band
The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band by The Incredible Bongo Band is the follow-up their 1973 classic, Bongo Rock. Bongo Rock was plundered by rappers and producers for samples helping to build the foundation of hip-hop and many other facets of popular music. The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band has also had it’s best bits harvested by the likes of Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fatboy Slim and Macy Gray. This percussion-heavy groove ride features the skin-smacking talents of Jim Gordon and the perfect percussive prowess of King Errisson.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP119)

Hollie Cook & Prince Fatty
And The Beat Goes On

  • Label(s):
  • Mr Bongo

Aratanha Azul

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  • Mr Bongo

Lula E Lailson

Prince Fatty Meets The Mutant Hifi
Return Of The Gringo

  • Label(s):
  • Mr Bongo